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Neymar returning to Barcelona would be incredible – Xavi

Goal.com logo Goal.com 12/07/2019 Sacha Pisani
Neymar wearing a red and black hair: Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar © Getty Images Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar

Neymar returning to Barcelona would be "incredible", though former star Xavi insisted a transfer to re-sign the Paris Saint-Germain forward would be "very difficult".

LaLiga champions Barca have been linked to Neymar, who left Camp Nou for French giants PSG in a world-record €222million deal in 2017.

PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed Neymar – who failed to turn up to the first day of pre-season training – is available for the right price.

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Xavi played alongside Neymar before moving to Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015 and the 39-year-old told Movistar: "He would be an incredible signing.

"But I see it as being difficult, honestly. I think it's very difficult.

"We have seen so many things that I thought I'd never see though, such as PSG paying €222 million, so we'll have to wait.

Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez (L) celebrates after scoring a goal beside Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior  during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 18, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images) © Getty Barcelona's midfielder Xavi Hernandez (L) celebrates after scoring a goal beside Barcelona's Brazilian forward Neymar da Silva Santos Junior during the Spanish league football match FC Barcelona vs Eibar at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on October 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO/ LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

"There's no doubt that he's one of the best players in the world, but let's see what Barcelona do."

While Neymar's future is uncertain, Atletico Madrid star Antoine Griezmann is reportedly set to join Barca.

France international and World Cup winner Griezmann – who has a €120million release clause – will leave Atletico after five years and Barca are favourites to sign the forward.

"He's a great player, a world star," Xavi added. "He made a difference with Atletico Madrid and with France. He's an extraordinary player.

"It's still not official, but it seems like he's going to Barcelona. I think it'll be a great signing."

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