As Goal confirmed last week, the Blancos are in the running to sign the wantaway PSG forward – but where would he fit in at the Santiago Bernabeu?
The Catalans still blame what their official website describes as a “strange federative manoeuvre with Francoist backing” for their failure to beat their bitter rivals to the signing of Alfredo Di Stefano in 1953.
Luis Figo, meanwhile, has never been forgiven for swapping Camp Nou for the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2000.
Indeed, the Blaugrana even blocked the retired Portuguese from representing the club in a UEFA-organised legends game ahead of the 2015 Champions League final in Berlin.
Consequently, seeing Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar move to Madrid rather than return to Catalunya would hit Barca hard.
“It would hurt if Neymar went to our eternal rival, especially after playing for [us],” midfielder Carles Alena admitted earlier this month.
The Brazilian’s name was also chanted by fans ahead of last weekend’s Liga Opener at Athletic Club on Friday night.
Not that Josep Maria Bartomeu needed any convincing. He has been the driving force behind the club’s attempts to re-sign a player that departed in infamously acrimonious circumstances just two years ago.
Those wounds are still fresh. Legal action is ongoing. Bartomeu and the majority of supporters wants Neymar back, though. And Neymar wants to return.