Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid are both trying to sign Paris St-Germain forward Neymar this summer and could offer player-plus-cash deals.
Neymar has long been reported to be unhappy with life at PSG. On the pitch he has had success, winning successive Ligue Un titles, but his time there has been plagued with injury. They have also not won the Champions League – or even come close.
Now, it has been reported by Sport in Spain that Neymar has told PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he wants to leave the club and return to Spain.
This adds fuel to existing rumours of Neymar’s return to Spain.
Barcelona have been linked with a £90 million plus ab unnamed player bid to try and tempt PSG into selling.
Meanwhile Real Madrid are also said to be plotting something similar. Spanish news outlet Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Real are preparing a £115.5 million bid as well as offering Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez as part of the deal.
However, they have already signed Eden Hazard from Chelsea for £88 million so whether they pursue a deal remains to be seen.
What also remains to be seen is whether PSG want to sell. They may not want to keep and unhappy player but in that case would certainly want to recoup their £198 million outlay on him. Whether they would take a player-plus-cash deal is also open to discussion – as indeed is whether the players reportedly involved would want to go.
Watch this space – this story could run all summer.</
Spanish giants Real Madrid are reportedly ready to test Liverpool’s resolve to keep hold of star striker Mohamed Salah this summer, according to reports.
Real boss Zinedine Zidane is believed to want to revamp his attack. A deal for Chelsea star Eden Hazard is widely expected but now Canal+ have reported that the Frenchman wants to raid another Premier League club for their top star.
Salah has had another stellar season for Liverpool, scoring 26 goals in all competitions as the Reds finished 2nd in the Premier League and have reached the Champions League final.
Canal+ report that Zidane sees Salah as a perfect fit for a revamped forward line with his pace and movement. He would also be the sort of marquee signing that Madrid fans have been craving since Cristiano Ronaldo left last summer.
However, Liverpool will not want to let one of their biggest stars leave the club, and will be live they can hold onto him, especially if they were to beat Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League final.
No transfer fee has been mentioned, but Liverpool would probably not consider anything less than £150 million for Salah.
Madrid’s quest for strikers could also hasten the departure of Gareth Bale from the Bernabeau. He has been frozen out since Zidane returned and it looks likely he will be sold to help finance acquisitions.
Ligue Un Champions Paris St-Germain have made Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale one of their top summer transfer targets, according to reports.
PSG are looking to make signings after yet again failing to progress past the last 16 of the Champions League. Their form in France also tailed off and they were beaten on penalties by Rennes in the French Cup Final.
Bale could be an option as a marquee signing for the Parisian side. His future at the Bernabeau is in doubt after the return of Zinedine Zidane earlier in the season.
Zidane is expected to have a clear-out if playing staff after a mediocre season by their standards and Bale could be one of those. His transfer fee could also help to fund a raft of acquisitions.
Bale is estimated to be worth about £70 million, which is nothing to the Qatari-backed club.
However, whether Bale wants to leave Madrid is not known.
Other clubs may also be in for the Welshman. Manchester United have been linked with him for a couple of years, and his former side Tottenham Hotspur could also be interested.
Gareth Bale seems set to leave Real Madrid this summer and Manchester United and Bayern Munich are at the head of the queue to sign him.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the squad in the summer, with several players set to be shipped out, including Bale, according to Spanish newspaper AS.
AS reported a meeting between Real and Bale’s representatives where it was said that Bale could choose his next club, as long as the bids were roughly equivalent.
Bale, 29, has had a fractious relationship with the Real fans recently and it is thought that the club’s top brass have become frustrated with his recent injury record.
During his time in Madrid, Bale has scored 102 goals in 227 appearances. Among other trophies he has won three Champions League trophies.
Manchester United have long been linked with the Welsh international and could come in for him again. However, new boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has signalled that his transfer policy will focus on younger players this summer, so it remains to be seen.
Any deal could also hinge on whether Madrid make a move for Paul Pogba. This rumour has again resurfaced today and he would be the sort of target Zidane would be looming for.
Bayern Munich are also planning a major squad overhaul and Bale would be the sort of marquee signing they are looking for to replace the likes of Arjen Robben.
Munich could also afford Bale’s wages, which is something that could put other potential suitors off signing him.
Real Madrid could try to tempt Chelsea into selling their star forward Eden Hazard by offering them Gareth Bale as part of the deal, according to reports.
Hazard has been on Real’s wish list for some time. Now Zinedine Zidane is back as manager of Los Blancos then their interest could increase. Real president Florentino Perez is also said to have promised Zidane a war chest of £300 million to revamp the squad this summer.
By the same token, several players could be heading out of the Bernabeu this summer. Gareth Bale is thought to be one of those, given his fractious relationship with Zidane and the Madrid fans. His recent injury record doesn’t help either.
With Chelsea rumoured to be interested in signing Bale, a swap deal could be an agreeable option for all parties.
Chelsea will want more than £100 million for Hazard, while Real will want about £75 million for Bale – who turns 30 later this year. It also has to be factored in that Bale earns about £11 million per year.
However, whether Bale would want to leave Real is another matter. He has previously said he is happy in the Spanish capital.
In addition, other clubs, including Manchester United, May be interested in signing Bale.
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