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Spanish giants are planning to make a move for Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian forward Neymar this summer, and may sell some of their existing stars to fund the move.
Neymar only moved to PSG from Barcelona last summer in a world-record £200 million move. It is thought that Real would have to break that record to stand any chance of signing him – and that’s before adding in things like wages and agents fees.
Sources say that Real are confident of doing a deal for the 25-year-old. There have been reports that Neymar isn’t entirely happy in Paris and some PSG fans have jeered him this season. He may also want to return to Spain and a league that is more competitive.
However, PSG are unlikely to want to sell, and, given the enormous wealth of their owners, have no need to.
It is thought that there will be significant transfer activity at Real in the summer, as this season has seen the side under-achieve so far – they are 4th in La Liga currently – and some of its star players haven’t lived up to their reputation.
If Real do make a move for Neymar, several players could be on their way out, including winger Gareth Bale, striker Karim Benzema, goalkeeper Keylor Navas and midfielder Luka Modric as Real’s bosses seek to refresh the squad.
Real are looking for at least one marquee signing in the summer as they look to re-assert themselves at the top of world football, having been trumped by PSG last summer with their £200 million deal for Neymar, and loan signing of Kylian Mbappe, which will lead to a 165 million transfer this summer.
Real are also said to be interested in bringing Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane to the Bernabeau, although that could take a world record bid to achieve, as Spurs’ chief executive Daniel Levy has stated that the player is not for sale. But any move would be shelved if a deal for Neymar were to materialize.