Robert Moreno, Luis Enrique’s former assistant at Barcelona and current boss of Monaco, claims to know that Neymar is wanted back at Camp Nou in the next transfer window.
Rumours linking the Brazil international with a retracing of his steps to Catalunya surfaced almost the moment that he linked up with Paris Saint-Germain in a record-breaking deal.
Three years have been spent in the French capital, but Barca remain keen on returning a former favourite to familiar surroundings.
Those efforts have so far come to nothing, but interest is expected to be rekindled.
Moreno says that will be the case, with the ex-Spain manager admitting that he can understand why the Blaugrana would want to re-sign a player that he once worked with during a glittering era of success under Luis Enrique.
“I would re-sign Neymar for Barcelona,” Moreno told El Transistor.
“In the end, Barcelona have to have the best players in the world and Neymar is one of them, a player who makes the difference.
“Furthermore, he makes his team-mates play.
“I know for sure that they want him.”
Moreno is currently keeping an eye on events at Camp Nou from afar, with his focus locked on a high-profile post at Monaco.
Their 2019-20 campaign has been brought to an abrupt halt, with the decision taken not to resume competitive action in Ligue 1 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
That call has not been universally well received, with Monaco being left with a ninth-place finish, but Moreno is looking to take positives from a testing situation.
He added: “On one hand, we didn’t like it because we didn’t agree on the standings and we’ve been left out of Europe, but it’s given some certainty because [the French government] has extended the measures [of banning sport] until July.
“That allows us to start pre-season in July and start the league at the end of August.”
Moreno only took the reins at Monaco in December 2019, as he succeeded Leonardo Jardim, with a first coaching post taken up since being forced to make way for the return of Luis Enrique as manager of the Spain national side.