Barcelona are reportedly ready to offload Ivan Rakitic as they frantically look to sign Neymar from PSG.
The Brazil international has been widely expected to leave Paris after a challenging two seasons.
Both Real Madrid and Barcelona have been circling, but the long-running transfer saga continues to drag on.
Reports have claimed a return to the Nou Camp is Neymar’s preferred destination.
But as the clock ticks down to deadline day on August 31, no deal is in sight.
PSG are determined to recoup all of the £199m they paid for the superstar forward two years ago.
However, Barca’s financial constraints mean an up front cash deal is highly unlikely.
According to Catalan daily Sport , Ernesto Valverde is ready to throw Rakitic into the mix.
The Croatia international has been a standout performer in recent years but is finding his game time increasingly limited.
Rakitic, 31, could be used as bait to reduce Neymar’s asking price.
It’s suggested an alternative option would be to sell him to Juventus and then reinvest the cash towards signing Neymar.
Barca will need to up the ante to get Neymar’s signature sealed.
Real are waiting in the wings but appear happy to bide their time.
Los Blancos could only manage an underwhelming 1-1 draw with Valladolid on Saturday, though.
All the talk before the clash was about Neymar.
Zinedine Zidane, who was clearly tired of the transfer talk, admitted in-coming players are possible.
“Until September 2 everything can happen, there are players who can leave and others who can arrive,” he said.
“I want to see that day, because that will end all these market issues.
”I do not know what will happen, only tomorrow we play against Valladolid.
When pushed again on Neymar, Zidane added: “My players are the ones here. We only think of the match against Valladolid.”
While Real struggled yesterday, Barcelona blew away Real Betis at the Nou Camp.
An Antoine Griezmann brace inspired the reigning La Liga champions to a 5-2 win.
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