Neymar would help out Messi: Alves

Madrid: Barcelona defender Dani Alves believes the arrival of Neymar would take some of the attacking strain off the shoulders of Lionel Messi.

The Brazilian has long been rumoured to be a transfer target for the Blaugrana, who held talks with Santos over a move for the player on Wednesday.

They were ultimately unable to agree a deal but the former Sevilla defender is hoping his club can bring the 21-year-old to Camp Nou.

"It would be a relief if Neymar signed because it would help Messi a lot," he is quoted as saying by Marca.

"When two players are good, they understand each other better. They can play in different positions. I don`t think compatibility would be a problem because Neymar is a very humble guy.

"The team would certainly be more competitive."

Alves went on to say that he expects to stay at the club but did not rule out a summer exit.

"You never know what will happen in the future," he added.

"The more open you are, the easier you can leave in the future. But I`m very happy at Barca and I intend to stay here until I can`t stand it anymore."