Neymar is desperate to return to Barcelona from Paris Saint-Germain this summer, and his father is one of the main driving forces behind the move, according to reports in Spain.
According to reports in France, Neymar has told PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to leave the club this summer for Barcelona, and regrets ever leaving the La Liga giants.
Reports on Monday suggested that Neymar had agreed a contract with Barcelona, leaving negotiations between the two clubs as the only stumbling block remaining.
The 27-year-old is apparently willing to cut his wages in half and has also reportedly agreed to withdraw his lawsuit against the club over an unpaid loyalty bonus prior to his departure.
Now, according to Spanish publicationSport, Neymar Sr has escaped from the public eye in order to prioritize his son’s transfer.
He has been his son’s agent since his time at Santos, and was critical to the 2017 transfer from Barca to PSG.
In recent weeks, Neymar’s father has opted out of appearing in public alongside his son in order to spend as much time as possible trying to sort out a return.
On Neymar Sr’s absence from the public eye, Sport claimed: “This does not seem like a coincidence.
“Neymar da Silva Santos, therefore, is focused, always [sic], on expediting the departure of his son.
“That Neymar has missed Barcelona since he left is evident from his recurring visits to Barcelona and, according to his closest friends, to be surrounded by a more favourable and healthier environment that makes him feel less alone and commit fewer mistakes.
“It is insisted that Barça has asked the player to withdraw the complaint filed in 2017, [sic] and publicly apologise.
“But for that to happen, Neymar’s father has to start moving forward in the departure of the player.”