A new report has come out suggesting that Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to pay €270 million (R4.2 billion) for a Brazil star, who featured at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.
But this has not prevented PSG from launching a surprise move via his representatives in a bid to link up Neymar with his global teammate.
Only Lionel Messi averaged more dribbles per game (5.1) than Coutinho at Barcelona last term (2.6), per WhoScored.com, as the Brazilian scored eight goals and recorded five assists in 18 La Liga appearances. And in any case, PSG would first need to submit the offer with the club and not just the player's representation before any negotiations could commence.
The former Anfield star has a release clause of £350m but Barcelona are highly unlikely to sell.
Neymar's future at the Parc des Princes may not be assured as things stand, but PSG may need to seek other avenues to help persuade their Selecao star to stay.
Neymar has formed an impressive partnership with forwards Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mbappe as PSG stormed to the Ligue 1 title last season, although his relationship with Cavani remains strained after the players fell out over penalty duties.
The reports come amid growing speculation that Ronaldo is set to leave Real for Juventus over the next few days and Los Blancos could choose to replace their all-time goalscorer with another superstar.