Paris St-Germain striker Neymar is top of Real Madrid transfer target list for next summer – ahead of team-mate Kylian Mbappe according to reports in Spain.
Spanish news outlet AS is reporting that, while Madrid are keen on both strikers, Neymar will be the more gettable of the two, given Mbappe’s progress since he joined PSG.
Madrid are desperate to sign a marquee player having failed in the summer to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus in a £99 million deal.
Mbappe has established himself as the top dog in Paris, following his starring role in the France team that lifted the World Cup in Russia last summer and his domestic form. Meanwhile Neymar’s star has fallen slightly, thanks to a period on the sidelines through injury and his perceived antics on the pitch. In addition, rumours over his unhappiness in the French capital have never gone away.
That said, both strikers have begun the season in top form – both have scored 13 goals in all competitions.
The tipping point for PSG could come if they are sanctioned by UEFA for breaking Financial Fair Play rules and could be forced into selling one of their prized assets.
Neymar joined PSG from Barcelona for a world record £198 million fee in summer 2016, with Mbappe joining as well – initially on loan from Monaco before a £166 million move the following summer.
While other clubs may be interested in Neymar, it is thought he wants a move back to Spain – and he would be the number one at Real. If he returned to Barcelona – perhaps unlikely, but not out of the question – he would likely be in Lionel Messi’s shadow.
Neymar would not come cheap – PSG would look to at least recoup their investment in a player who is just reaching the peak years of his career.