Neymar transfer talks more advanced than before - PSG sporting director Leonardo

PSG has reportedly backtracked on deal with Barça for Neymar. AFP

PSG has reportedly backtracked on deal with Barça for Neymar. AFP

Neymar could be closer to leaving PSG than first thought after sporting director Leonardo admitted exit talks are "more advanced".

The Brazil star is said to be unsettled in France and has been linked with Barcelona and Real Madrid this summer.

It is "extremely hard to imagine" that PSG would accept a transfer for Neymar to Madrid on loan with a purchase option, Le Parisien added. Five key things to know...

The Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy have remained relatively tight-lipped when it comes to the Brazilian player's future, even in spite of the player revealing that he expects his time in the French capital to come to an early end.

It will not be easy, but his route to Real Madrid could be complete if the Galacticos agree with the demand reportedly put forth in front of them.

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Forward Neymar will not play for Paris St-Germain in their opening Ligue 1 fixture against Nimes, with the French champions suggesting the Brazilian could be set to leave the club.

There appears to have been a potential breakthrough regarding Neymar's future with PSG, with the French club confirming that discussions about him leaving the club are at an advanced stage.

"We are in discussions and we will see what happens. He took a knock today (and) did not do a full week".

Since signing for PSG, the 27-year-old has had 12 separate injuries including a fractured metatarsal, ruptured ankle ligament and adductor problems.

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