RMC Sport reported on Monday that Chelsea has initiated serious discussions concerning a potential transfer involving a Paris Saint-Germain forward who has made it known to PSG that he wants out this summer.
According to sources, the representatives of Brazil international Neymar "have maintained communication" with Chelsea in order to complete a move to the Premier League club through the ongoing transfer window.
Furthermore, there has been noticeable interest in acquiring Neymar from both Saudi Arabian and Brazilian clubs, with Barcelona still the favorite option for Neymar but that move is hardly realistic given the hefty salary of the forward.
In the midst of reports suggesting Neymar's intention to depart from Parc des Princes this summer, insiders from ESPN have disclosed that PSG is willing to consider his departure. While a permanent transfer is their preference, the Ligue 1 side is also open to a deal involving an initial loan arrangement.
While Neymar favors a return to Barcelona, no negotiations have been instigated between PSG and the Catalan club due to uncertainties within Barcelona's hierarchy regarding their stance on his comeback.
Neymar brought his former club to the judicial system because of financial issues and problems with his first transfer from Santos to Barcelona, so it's not clear how much interest the Spanish organization has in re-acquiring him with relationships still unfixed.
Neymar's noteworthy performance in the previous season encompassed contributing to 24 goals in 20 league matches. However, his substantial current salary, exceeding €30mper season, could present an obstacle for potential suitors interested in securing the services of the Brazilian international.
The large wage Neymar would demand, as well as Barcelona's manager Xavi not having pronounced himself about his willingness to welcome Neymar, let alone be interested in the Brazilian, has a move to Barcelona looking more like an empty rumor than anything else.
The connection with a move to England and Chelsea is much stronger, though, tracking back to last summer and then January when the Blues already held talks with PSG for a potential acquisition of the Brazil international.