Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona are set for a battle to sign Paris St-Germain’s Brazilian striker Neymar this summer.
It is looking increasingly likely that Neymar will depart the Parc des Princes this summer having failed to show up for training on Monday. Boss Leonardo has admitted that Neymar can go – for the right price.
It is thought that Neymar wants to return to Barcelona – the club he left two summers ago to join PSG in a world record £198 million deal.
Barca are thought to have been working behind the scenes on a deal to bring the 27-year-old back.
However, they may face competition from old rivals Real Madrid. They have long been linked with Neymar and it was thought likely at one point he would join them. Real president Florentino Perez has talked of his admiration for him – and regret at not signing him from Santos – in the past.
But Zinedine Zidane has already spent more than £300 million on new players this summer, so if they were to be able to afford Neymar they would have to sell some of their stars to ensure they don’t fall foul of Financial Fair Play rules.
PSG would likely want at least what they paid for the player and, given the length on his contract and age, probably more. Only Barca and Real could realistically afford it – Manchester City tend not to go for mega-signings such as this.
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.</
La Liga champions Barcelona are in talks with Paris St-Germain to re-sign Neymar, with Ousmane Dembele possibly heading to France as part of the deal, according to reports.
The Brazilian superstar has been rumoured to be wanting a move back to Spain for some time, having apparently not settled in Paris. Real Madrid were thought to be in pole position to sign him, but their rivals Barcelona appear to have stolen a march on them by opening talks, according to RAC1.
Neymar has been successful on the pitch for PSG in the two seasons since he joined them from Barca for a world record £198 million fee.
It is thought negotiations are at an early stage and any deal is likely to be complex.
Dembele could be a willing part of the deal. He made his name at Borussia Dortmund under current PSG coach Thomas Tuchel and could welcome working with him again. Plus his time in the Catalan capital has not been a roaring success due to injury and a loss of form, and a move could provide a fresh start.
Any deal would be huge and PSG would want to make they money back they spent on Neymar at least. The player still has three years on his deal and, at 27, is at the peak of his career.
Paris St-Germain star Neymar is said to be unhappy in Paris and wants a transfer – which could reawaken Real Madrid’s interest in him.
Neymar has been prolific on the pitch since he made the move to the Parc des Princes in 2017 but there have long been rumours that he is not happy at the club or in the city.
However, it was thought that he was happier playing under Thomas Tuchel but Le10Sport has reported he has had a change of heart after PSG’s latest failure to land the Champions League title. PSG threw away a 2-0 first-leg lead to Manchester United to lose 3-2 in the last 16 of the tournament.
This, coupled with a slump in form that also saw the side again throw away a 2-0 lead to lose the final of the Coupe de France on penalties to Rennes, has changed his mind.
If this is correct, it will no doubt alert Real Madrid, who have had a long-standing in the Brazilian. Manager Zinedine Zidane is expected to have a major overhaul of his squad this summer and a marquee signing like Neymar would be what Los Blancos’ fans have wanted since Cristiano Ronaldo left last year.
It would doubtless take a world record to take him from PSG – reports have said as much as £300 million – but that would not put Real off.
It may put other potential suitors off, except perhaps Barcelona, who have also been linked with a bid for a player they sold for £198 million to PSG.
Real Madrid are planning to make a bid to sign Paris St-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe this summer for a world record £240 million.
France Football has reported that Real are preparing the mega-deal for the France international as part of the major revamp manager Zinedine Zidane is planning.
After a mediocre – by their standards – season, Zidane is planning a major overhaul of the playing staff. Top of the list is a marquee signing to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, and Mbappe fits the bill.
If – and it is a big if – a deal is done, it would smash the current record £198 million that PSG paid Barcelona for Neymar back in 2017.
However, it is thought that PSG have no intention of selling one of their major stars and would turn down any bid. But matters are complicated as they may need to sell to comply with Financial Fair Play rules.
France Football also speculated that deals to bring Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba to the Bernabeau are almost done deals.
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