Neymar father on 'begging' Barcelona to sign PSG star

Andres Iniesta: Difficult To See Neymar Returning To Barcelona

The 26-year-old was forced to miss two La Liga games in November because of injury and has only started once since his return, with an in form Ousmane Dembele preferred instead.

That has led to sensational reports linking Coutinho with a move away from Barcelona - with Manchester United seemingly interested.

And according to Marca, he has "hit rock bottom" and has shown little discipline both on and off the field. However, this publication also understands that, with no such release clause in place for this summer, Barça feel they will have a real problem putting together a deal that would persuade the Ligue 1 club to do business this year.

The attacking midfielder was bought for €140 million (R2.23 billion) plus add-ons from Liverpool in the previous January window but has since failed to live up to expectations.

Family ties also play a role in the situation, with Coutinho and his partner Aine recently welcoming their second daughter into the world in Barcelona.

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Hayward's report notes that Neymar is "open" to rejoining Barcelona, while a meeting is said to have been set up between Andre Cury, the top scout who helped mastermind the original move to Spain from Santos in 2013, and the player's entourage before Christmas.

With Coutinho only playing 34 to date, the Reds are still due £13.2 million if their former player reaches a century of league games. Once again, they would only pay that if Coutinho is still at the club.

Coutinho instantly won silverware upon his move last season, joining up with a Barca side who were well in front in the race for the La Liga title.

The second clause will Barcelona pay Liverpool another £4.4 million if they qualify for the Champions League this season, something they are nearly certain to do.

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