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Barcelona won’t back down in their attempts to sign Neymar Jr. this summer, and the Blaugrana have raised their bet, according to recent reports. It was believed that Neymar was closer to sign with Real Madrid, but now Barcelona appears to have the upper hand on this transfer.

Reports from France suggest that the La Liga champions have submitted a fourth bid for Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar as they look to push through a deal this summer and reunite with the Brazilian forward. They have been chasing Neymar for the last couple of months, and now they look close to finalizing a deal for the 27-year-old.

Keen to rejoin Lionel Messi and company, Ney has made his feelings clear to PSG’s hierarchy, who are willing to sell him as long as the right offer comes. Barcelona have already had three player-plus-cash bids rejected by PSG, but they have now tabled another one, according to Telefoot.

The new offer is said to include winger Ousmane Dembele, who landed in Catalonia for an initial £96 million in 2017, and at least one other player. Telefoot also reported that Barca’s archrivals, Real Madrid haven’t given up hopes to sign Neymar, but the situation in the Spanish capital is different, given that he is not a priority for Zinedine Zidane.

Goalkeeper Keylor Navas has been rumored to be joining Les Parisiens this summer, which could serve Real to ease the negotiations for the Brazilian. However, the report claims that Neymar’s good relationship with Lionel Messi will play a major role in where the former Santos player will land this offseason.

Messi is said to be pushing for a Neymar’s return this summer, which will make Barcelona work harder to strike a deal for the Brazil international. Yet, if the deal doesn’t go through, Neymar is ready to stay put in Paris before making any move, more knowing that both Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani will be sidelined for a couple of weeks.