Neymar has reportedly asked his club Paris Saint-Germain to sign Lionel Messi, after the Barcelona captain made his club aware he wants to leave this summer.
The pair, who played together at the Camp Nou from 2013-2017, have also reportedly spoken earlier this week.
However, according to Sky Sports, the Ligue 1 champions – who lost in the Champions League final to Bayern Munich on Sunday – are yet to make a formal offer for Messi.
The Barcelona captain shocked the world of football on Tuesday when he effectively handed in a transfer request.
Messi, 33, has not played at any other club and his sudden keenness for pastures new has alerted a number of top clubs, including Manchester City, Manchester United and Inter Milan.
However, United are not expected to bid for the Argentine this summer, whilst City are contemplating a move which would reunite Messi with his former coach Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
But Neymar, who has in the past year constantly been linked with a reunion with Messi at Barcelona, now wants his former team-mate to move to Paris, as the Qatari-owned club look to go a step further in Europe next season.
Neymar and Messi played together at Barcelona for four years and won a famous treble in 2015, forming a deadly partnership with Luis Suarez under manager Luis Enrique.
Yet the Brazilian, 28, moved to PSG three years ago in a world record £200m move, and has won three Ligue 1 crowns since moving to Paris.
But Europe’s greatest prize still alludes him and the prospect of forming a partnership alongside Messi and Kylian Mbappe has persuaded Neymar to persuade his club to plunge for the Argentine forward.
Meanwhile, Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu would step aside if Lionel Messi agreed to commit his future to the club, according to reports in Spain.
However, a separate report has revealed that the under-fire 57-year-old has tried to call Messi to bring about peace talks but was ignored by the Argentine star.