Dani Alves is hoping his Brazilian compatriot joins him at French club Paris Saint Germain.

Alves was a teammate and friend of Neymar, and since the striker became a Catalan in 2013, their relationship has become closer.

But the 34-year-old defender left Barcelona for Juventus a year ago, and has now joined PSG, where he is hoping to welcome Neymar.  

Neymar, 25, is involved in a tug of war between the two European giants with his potential transfer to Paris the major saga of the off season.

"I hope it will happen. I've got nothing to do with his decision, it's a very important decision for him," said Alves, after scoring in PSG's French Super Cup victory over Monaco in Tangiers on Saturday.

"Men have to make these kind of decisions. I hope he'll join us, he's one of my best friends and I always want my friends to be close by.

"I can't interfere in his decision. It's his decision to make but we'll welcome him with open arms if he comes."

PSG are allegedly weighing up whether or not to trigger Neymar's 222-million-euro ($261 million) release clause, which would more than double the biggest transfer fee ever paid.

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