Dani Alves reportedly hopes that Neymar can seal a return to Barcelona as it would open the door for himself to complete a Camp Nou comeback.
Alves is on the lookout for a new club this summer after deciding to end a two-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain.
Since leaving the Parc Des Princes, reports have linked the 36-year-old with moves from across all over Europe. Arsenal are currently the rumoured favourites to sign him after Pep Guardiola ruled Manchester City out.
Serie A champions Juventus and Inter Milan could also be in the running for Alves this summer. However, the full-back is yet to receive any satisfying offers and remains on the hunt for a new team.
But UOL Esporte suggests the delay for a decision on his future may be caused by Neymar’s struggles to re-join Barcelona from PSG.
The Brazilian outlet claims that Alves wants his close friend to join the Blaugrana this summer. Apparently, he believes the 27-year-old’s comeback will open the door for his own return.
The Brazil captain also allegedly hopes PSG sign up Nelson Semedo as part of any deal for Neymar. Should the Portuguese leave, it opens a vacancy for the right-back position at Barcelona.
Although Alves may be in for a long wait for updates on Neymar’s future. Currently, PSG are playing hardball with a frustrated Barcelona and won’t entertain offers below €222m in cash only.
The Brazilian forward even travelled with the PSG squad last week for their pre-season tour in China. However, he didn’t feature in Saturday’s defeat to Inter Milan and instead watched the match on TV in his hotel room.
Neymar seems likely to also miss PSG’s next friendly against Sydney on Tuesday. He’s working alone at the moment in Shenzhen on recovery exercises for his ankle.