Xavi: Neymar returning to Barcelona would be incredible

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi discussed rumours linking the La Liga champion to Neymar.

Neymar failed to turn up to the first day of Paris-Saint Germain's pre-season training amind rumours of a return to Barcelona this summer.   -  Getty Images

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".

La Liga champion Barca has been linked to Neymar, who left Camp Nou for French giant PSG in a world-record €222 million 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.

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.

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"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. 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 €120 million release clause – will leave Atletico after five years and Barca is favourite 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."