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PSG needs a Neymar, says coach Emery

Paris Saint-Germain needs to sign a player of the caliber of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe in its quest to win the UEFA Champions League, according to its coach Unai Emery.

In an interview published in French sports daily L'Equipe on Thursday, Emery named Neymar as a world top-five player, just the class PSG needed to become a top European power.

He was speaking amid reports in Brazil and Spain that PSG was on the way to clinching a sensational deal to prise Neymar away from Barcelona.

"If we want to rival Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid and win the Champions League we need to buy one of the top five players in the world today," Emery said after watching his side edge AS Roma on penalties in a friendly in the United States.

"Neymar has advanced his game massively and today he is one of the five best in the world," he said of the 25-year-old Brazilian who has a buyout clause at Barcelona of over 200 million euros (US$231 million).

"Our president is working hard to attract top players and our fans would be content to count on a new top player to go along with the talent we already have," said the Spaniard.

Earlier this week Neymar attempted to quell the rising speculation about his future by telling Goal.com that he was happy at Barcelona and was looking forward to a new season.But PSG's quest for top players goes beyond the Brazilian striker and includes the likes of Monaco teenager Mbappe and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal's Chilean striker.

"(Alexis) Sanchez and Mbappe are huge players and what's more Mbappe is French — I want Frenchmen in this French club," he said.

The Parisian club is keen to strengthen its squad after the club failed to live up to expectations last season. In the UCL round of 16 it suffered a humiliating 6-1 defeat at Barcelona, blowing a 4-0 first-leg advantage that left the club stunned.

It also gave up the French league title to rival Monaco forcing the club president Nasser al-Khelaifi to sack the sports director Patrick Kluivert and bring in Antero Henrique.

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