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Real Madrid president targets Neymar and Kylian Mbappe for summer signings

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Real Madrid could break the world transfer record this summer as the club’s president says he wants to sign Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe. 

Florentino Perez made his comments on the strikers as he unveiled Zinedine Zidane as Real’s new manager – taking the reigns just 10 months after he left.

Zidane has been tasked with taking Real back to the top of Spanish and European football next season. To do this, it is anticipated that he will instigate a major shake-up of the playing staff.

This will likely include one marquee player – at least – as the void left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus has never been adequately filled.

Neymar and Mbappe are the obvious choices, having proved themselves in the European and World stages.

There have been constant rumours of Neymar’s disaffection with life in Paris over the past couple of years and he would likely welcome a move back to Spain. He has also been coy on talk about his future in recent weeks.

Meanwhile Mbappe has said he is happy at PSG right now, but has hinted he would like to move to Madrid at some point in his career.

Perez said, perhaps with tongue in cheek, that he thought the presence of fellow Frenchman Zidane could be a full factor in convincing Mbappe to come to the Spanish capital.

But a transfer deal for either would inevitably involve a world record fee. The current £198 million record is held by PSG, when they bought Neymar from Barcelona two summers ago.

PSG would want a fee greater than that for either player, perhaps as much as £250 million. Both are under long contracts and are either at, or not yet reached, their peak years as players, given Neymar is 26 and Mbappe 20.

It is likely that Real would be able to afford one or the other from the pair – plus PSG would not sanction selling both players.

PSG president says Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are not for sale

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Paris St-Germain’s president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said that the club’s star strikers, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, are not for sale and that the club will keep hold of them this summer.

Brazilian star Neymar has been repeatedly linked with a return to Spain in the past year or so – amid rumours he is unhappy with life in Paris – with Real Madrid thought to be the most likely club to bid for him. Barcelona have also been said to be interested in bringing him back to the Camp Nou.

Meanwhile Mbappe has established himself as one of the world’s leading players at the Parc des Princes, and, at just 20 is already a World Cup winner. He had also been linked to a move, with Madrid again mentioned, as well as Manchester City.

Either player would likely command a world record fee. Neymar currently holds the record when PSG paid Barcelona £198 million back in summer 2017. Realistically, only Madrid, Barcelona and Manchester City could afford such a fee.

However, Al-Khelaifi is adamant neither will be leaving. Speaking to Spanish newspaper Marca he said: “Neither Real Madrid, nor any other club in the world, needs to call us about Neymar or any other player. Real Madrid know perfectly well that Neymar is not for sale and that the player won’t leave PSG this summer.”

On Mbappe, he added: “In Paris, everyone loves him, he is at home and he knows that he has everything he could want to make history at PSG. He has the ability to make the Parc des Princes dream and all of the young people who love sport. The relationship between PSG and Mbappe is long-term because there is a very strong mutual trust.”

Paris St-Germain star Neymar is Real Madrid’s top summer target, report says

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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.

Neymar wants Barcelona return – reports

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Brazilian star wants to leave Paris St-Germain and return to his former club Barcelona at the end of the season, according to reports in Spain.

While it has long been reported that Neymar is less than happy with life in Paris and wants to move back to Spain, it had been widely thought that his destination would be Real Madrid. But Mundo Deportivo is reporting that he wants to go back to the Nou Camp as he wants to get out of the shadow of strike partner Kylian Mbappe.

Neymar and Mbappe moved to PSG at roughly the same time, but the Frenchman has had the better time there. Mbappe’s star has risen – including a starring role for France at the World Cup – while Neymar has suffered injuries and criticism for her perceived tendency to dive.

When he moved to PSG in a world record £198 million deal in 2017, Neymar was promised that he would be number one at the side. However, Mbappe’s emergence has meant that this hasn’t happened. Ironically, one of Neymar’s prime reasons for leaving Barca in the first place was said to be to escape the shadow of Lionel Messi.

Surely, if Neymar was to return to the Catalan capital, there is risk that he would find himself in the same position again.

In terms of a transfer fee, it would no doubt take another world record to tempt PSG to part with Neymar. Barcelona can afford it, but it might mean they have to sell one of their existing stars – Ousmane Dembele springs to mind – to avoid falling foul of Financial Fair Play regulations.

Inter Milan set to revive interest in Luka Modric but transfer could hinge on Neymar and Kylian Mbappe

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Inter Milan are set to launch another bid to sign Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric in January.

Modric, who won the Golden Ball for best player at the World Cup in Russia, was also named FIFA Men’s Best Player 2018 recently for his performances for Madrid and Croatia.

Inter tried to sign Modric last summer, but Real we’re unwilling to do a deal – understandably as he is one of their most influential players, especially since the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus.

It is thought Modric was keen on the move, and his wife and agent even offered him to Inter.

Now, Italian newspaper the Corriere dello Sport has claimed that Inter are planning to go back to Madrid and tempt them into selling.

However, any deal could hinge on Madrid’s success – or otherwise – in signing a marquee player to replace Ronaldo. Paris St-Germain stars Neymar and Kylian Mbappe are both on the club’s radar, although it would take a world record fee to sign either of them.

However, money is no object to Madrid and given their stuttering star to the season – they haven’t scored in 4 matches – their efforts are likely to be redoubled in the new year.