Neymar may have claimed that he had only made his decision to move to PSG days before the transfer was finalised, but Dani Alves suggests otherwise.
The veteran defender, who backed out of a move to Manchester City at the last munite in favour of Paris Saint-Germain, has revealed that his decision was influenced by Neymar, who, he claims, had already known of the French club's interest in him.
This brings into question statements made by the world's most expensive player at his unveiling at Parc des Princes in which he suggested that his mind had not been made up until the last moment of the saga.
"The moment I decided, I communicated," the Brazil international told reporters on Friday. "People wanted me to stay if I was coming or going but at that moment I was still thinking about it."
However, speaking to the media following his side's 2 – 0 Ligue 1 victory over Amiens on Saturday, Alves stated that this could not have been the case and even hinted that the forward would have known about PSG's interest in him some time before news of it broke.
"I talked to him about the possibility," the 34-year old said. "He recommended me to come here. He suggested that I come to the club. I said I wanted to leave Juventus, and he was thinking of coming here."
Alves' move to the French captilal was confirmed five days before reports emerged that the club was preparing a sensational €222m buy-out of the Brazilian star.
“I have nothing to do with it," he continued. "Neymar is big now. He is no longer the young boy who has arrived in Barcelona.
“At that time, yes, I helped Neymar and advised him to come to Barcelona. But not here in Paris. I have done practically nothing,” he stated.