Barcelona and Paris St-Germain (PSG) have “reached an agreement on the value of Neymar” as the two sides move closer to a deal, according to BBC Football.
Following the successful negotiations, Neymar may rejoin the Nou Camp club before Monday’s La Liga transfer deadline at 23:00 BST.
Both Barcelona and PSG agree that Neymar is worth 200m euros (£182m), but to pay less Barca have offered defender Jean-Clair Todibo and midfielder Ivan Rakitic, plus forward Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan.
Officials from the two sides met in Paris on Tuesday to agree on a deal. However, the stumbling block is that the three players have rejected the move.
Neymar, 27, joined PSG from Barcelona in 2017 for a world record fee of 222m euros (£200m).
Speaking to a news conference on Thursday, PSG boss Thomas Tuchel said Neymar will not be involved in the Ligue 1 game against Metz on Friday.
Despite the progress, the deal hinges on the three players agreeing on a move to Paris, as they insist on”not knowing anything about it” being included in the transfer talks.
Balague added: “It is not done. There is still a big bridge to be crossed because none of the three players have said they want to go. Dembele’s agent recently said he is ‘200%’ staying at Barcelona.”