Former Brazil and Atletico Madrid midfielder Juninho has backed Santos striker Neymar to move to Barcelona in the summer, insisting the 21-year-old "needs European experience".
Neymar has been linked with a move to the Spanish champions either this year or following the 2014 World Cup, with Barca president Sandro Rosell confirming the Brazilian is part of the club's future plans.
Juninho, 40, believes his compatriot would benefit from playing in Spain next season, leading into the World Cup, and claims Barca could do with some added attacking flair.
"Everyone's saying that Neymar will leave in the middle of the year, and Barcelona have been mentioned [as his new club] all along," he told Onda Cero. "I do believe Neymar needs European experience. He will need to adapt at first because Brazilian football is a little different.
"From what I know, he might go to Barcelona, it's what everyone has been saying in Brazil since forever. Barcelona don't have the unity they had a few years ago, they need to bring in reinforcements. I think he [Neymar] would enjoy Barcelona more because of their playing style. He would fit better there."
Juninho, who retired from football in 2010, went on to praise Atletico for keeping pace with Real Madrid and Barcelona this season, backing his former side to take the honours in Friday's Spanish Cup final against Real.
"It's hard when there's such an uneven clash, but this particular match, it will certainly make every player gain focus, more than a Liga fixture. In this particular match, they [Atletico] might beat Real at the Bernabeu," he said.
"Real and Barcelona have put themselves on a higher level compared to the other teams [in Spain]. It's very hard to compete with them, as they have such enormous economic potential.
"Every team in Spain has a hard time dealing with such powerful opponents. When I was at Atletico, we had a very competitive squad, that could be compared to Real. We went to the Bernabeu with a lot confidence and played a very good match.
"The supporters like [Simeone] very much, and so do the club - it is a mutual feeling. He did an astonishing job there when he was a player, always guiding his team-mates, and so coaching was a natural step for him."