Speculation has also linked Neymar with a sensational return to Barca, which head coach Ernesto Valverde rejected, though Rakitic talked up the possibility.
"I am thinking as Rakitic does, I would like to have here the best players and Neymar is one of them", said fellow Brazil global Coutinho, who arrived from Liverpool in January.
That is according to his father, Neymar Sr.
What happens when Paris' owner goes to Brazil to speak with Neymar remains to be seen, but it would be quite something if he departs after just a single campaign in the French capital. After injuring his metatarsal, Neymar missed out the return leg which PSG lost the second leg 2-1 and handed Los Blancos an easy stride in the elite European competition.
The La Liga leaders welcome the Premier League champions to Camp Nou on Wednesday.
Italian global Verratti allowed his emotions to get the better of him as last week's Champions League tie with Real Madrid was slipping away from the French side, and was sent off for dissent. "Let's not talk about hypothetical situations".
The Parisians are all but guaranteed to regain the Ligue 1 title after building a 14-point lead, however it's also very likely that manager Unai Emery will lose his job once the season ends. In the same week that PSG crashed out of the Champions League, and only seven months after he joined the club for a world record 222 million euros, Neymar's future with the club has become uncertain.
More recently, Sport (h/t MailOnline's Daniel Matthews) reported the player who cost Les Parisiens a global-record £198 million last summer wants to join Los Blancos before this summer's FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. The Brazil worldwide underwent surgery in his homeland and now faces race against time to get fit ahead of the World Cup in Russian Federation this summer.