Spanish giants Real Madrid are planning to make a world record bid this summer for Paris St-Germain star Neymar, according to reports.
Madrid are known to be planning to rebuild their squad this summer after a mediocre – by their standards – La Liga season. Los Blancos are are looking for a major marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who left for Juventus in a £99 million deal last summer. Neymar would fit the bill and is apparently top of Madrid’s shopping list, according to The Sun.
Neymar moved to PSG from Barcelona in the summer of 2017 for a world record £198 million fee. While he has been successful on the pitch, he has suffered a number of injuries and there have been constant rumours that the Brazilian international is not happy in Paris and would like to move back to Spain.
However, if Neymar were to move, then PSG would likely want another world record fee for him. Neymar is 27, so is in the peak years of his career, plus his contract with PSG runs until 2022 – and that’s before you take into account his commercial value. But that wouldn’t put Madrid off – they have deep enough pockets to pay such a fee.
But if the move were to happen, it could hasten the departure of other players from the Bernabeau as Madrid may look to balance the books. Gareth Bale, for one, could be allowed to leave and would still bring in a hefty fee.
Madrid may face competition for his signing though. Barcelona have been rumoured to be interested in re-signing their former player, despite the fractious nature of his departure two summers ago.
If Madrid did move for Neymar, it might also mean they do not pursue Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – another player they are known to be interested in signing.