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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.”

Real Madrid plan world record summer bid for Paris St-Germain star Neymar

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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.

Paris St-Germain look to sign Chelsea’s Willian as cover for Neymar

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French giants Paris St-Germain have lined up a shock bid for Chelsea forward Willian as cover for injured star Neymar. 

Willian, 30, is valued at about £40 million, is a lynchpin of the Chelsea side.

PSG have been moved to act after Neymar limped out of a recent match with a fractured metatarsal, which is expected to keep him out of action for 10 weeks. This would mean he misses the crucial Champions League ties against Liverpool next month.

PSG are thought to have considered making a loan move for Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, but The Mail report that he turned the opportunity down.

Willian has 18 months left on his current deal and Chelsea policy is to only offer 1-year deals to those over 30.

Chelsea have previously rebuffed interest in William from Barcelona and China. Blues boss Maurizio Sarri has also given no indication he wants to get rid of one of his regular starters, especially with the side chasing Champions League qualification.

Barcelona step up efforts to re-sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain

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Barcelona are pushing forward with their effort to re-sign Brazilian star Neymar from Paris St-Germain this summer, according to reports in Spain.

Neymar, 26, left Barca in the summer of 2017 for the French capital in a world record deal worth £198 million, partly because he wanted to emerge from Lionel Messi’s shadow and push his own Ballon d’Or claims.

However, there have been persistent rumours for the past year or so that Neymar is unhappy at PSG – despite performing well on the pitch – and wants a return to Spain. Real Madrid were thought to be interested, but they appear to have focused their attention on the Premier League duo of Chelsea’s Eden Hazard and Christian Eriksen of Tottenham Hotspur instead.

Meanwhile, Barcelona have emerged as a potential destination, despite the controversial nature of his transfer, and they have been said to have made initial contact about a move.

Indeed, Messi has recently said he would welcome Neymar back to the club, and he apparently is still popular in the dressing room.

Back in November, Barca representative Andre Cury met with Neymar’s father and agent in London to discuss a potential move. Catalunya Radio has reported that Cury has met with Neymar and his team again, this time in Brazil during La Liga’s winter break. Super-agent Pini Zahavi – who helped organise Neymar’s move to PSG – and Alvaro Costa, the son of Barca’s player liaison officer Pepe Costa, were also said to be there.

Whether PSG will want to sell is another matter. They are still under investigation by UEFA for alleged breaches of Financial Fair Play regulations and, if found guilty, could have to sell one of Neymar or Kylian Mbappe to balance the books.

If a deal were to be done, PSG would want to at least recoup their £198 million outlay if not more, given that the player is approaching his peak years.