NEYMAR joining Real Madrid will not upset Barcelona fans as much as Luis Figo’s switch years ago.
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That’s the verdict of former Barca midfielder Gaizka Mendieta, who admits he wouldn’t be surprised to see Neymar join the European champions this summer.
The Brazilian star’s future at Paris St-Germain has been in doubt following his world record £200m transfer last August.
And Real appear to be the frontrunners to land his signature with both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale tipped to leave the Bernabeu.
"I wouldn't be surprised if Neymar signed for Real Madrid," Mendieta told Omnisport.
"He is the player who can see his next challenge going to Real Madrid and if that happened he would do
“I insist that I wouldn't be surprised by that.”
Transfers between the El Clasico rivals are rare and should a Madrid deal for Neymar come to fruition, it would certainly sting the Barcelona faithful.
But Mendieta reckons such a switch wouldn’t as painful as Figo’s move to Real in 2000.
He added: ”I think Figo's signing for Real Madrid was harder for Barcelona supporters than Neymar could be.
He was more important for Barcelona, he was the captain. Neymar went to PSG first.
"We will see if he goes to Madrid, let's see if Neymar arrived, let's see Ronaldo being there.
“I can admit Neymar is a great player but seeing Figo signing for Real Madrid was a lot. I don't know if we will see something like that in many many years.”