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Barcelona and PSG negotiate Neymar-Dembélé swap deal - report

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Is Neymar set for a stunning return?

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FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are negotiating a deal that could rock the transfer market: a return to Barça for Neymar, with Ousmane Dembélé going the other way, according to RAC1.

While cautioning that negotiations are at a “very early stage” and that the deal would be “very complicated” to pull off, the report says the club is confident the transfer can move forward.

The blaugrana dressing room and in particular Lionel Messi are said to be in favor of the move, although whether the fans would be willing to forgive Neymar’s messy departure remains to be seen.

The Brazilian was part of a summer transfer saga that left Barça fans quite bitter, as he moved in a world-record transfer to Paris in an acrimonious split that saw the French club pay his release clause with Barcelona stonewalling all negotiation.

His time in France, however, has been met with bitter disappointment, and a chorus of reports say the player is unhappy at PSG and willing to move back to La Liga.

Dembélé went to Barcelona that same year, and though he has had his moments, he has failed to fully take off in the way that was hoped, in no small part due to injury.

The French winger reportedly has had offers from PSG in the past, but it remains to be seen whether the Parisians would be willing to accept him as a makeweight in the deal.

Another factor to consider is Neymar’s three-match ban in the UEFA Champions League next season, which carries over after an outburst against the referees this season following PSG’s elimination.