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Real Madrid plotting move to tempt Neymar from Paris St-Germain

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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.

Paris St-Germain and Manchester United on alert after Cristiano Ronaldo told he can leave Real Madrid

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Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly been told he can leave Real Madrid in the summer, with European giants Paris St-Germain and Manchester United as possible destinations.

Apparently, relations between Ronaldo and Real president Florentino Perez have deteriorated badly in recent months, with wage demands a key part of that, according to a report on Yahoo Sports. As a result, if the right offer comes in, Ronaldo could be allowed to go. He has a symbolic euro1 billion release clause, but it is thought Perez will compromise on that.

Given that Ronaldo’s fee will not be cheap – and add in signing-on fees and wages – the Portuguese star will be out of the financial league of all but a very few clubs.

One of those clubs is Qatar-owned PSG, who have a long-standing interest in Ronaldo and also have the sort of ambition that matches the player’s.

Manchester United would also be interested – they have made inquiries about bringing him back to Old Trafford before. Of course, United have the added pull of that is where Ronaldo made his name, and he has previously had a good working relationship with manager Jose Mourinho.

Ronaldo’s dispute with Perez is thought to stem from the latter apparently reneging on a promise to improve the former’s pay deal. Ronaldo is apparently unhappy that after winning his 5th Balon d’Or and helping Madrid to a La Liga, Champions League and World Club Cup treble, his basic wage – a mere euro£48 million gross per year – is less than that of Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Neymar at PSG.

Not only that, but Ronaldo has been investigated by Spanish tax authorities, and his form for Real this season has been below his usual – admittedly sky-high – standards.

Should Ronaldo go, it could lead to Madrid making a move for Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane, who is valued at £200 million.

All the factz you need to know on the England v Brazil friendly tonight

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England take on Brazil at Wembley tonight. The match kicks-off at 8pm and it is live on ITV1. Here are the factz you need to know:

• This is the 26th occasion that England have played Brazil – England have only emerged victorious on 4 previous occasions. Brazil have won 11 times.
• However, Brazil haven’t beaten England since 2009 – when a Nilmar goal was enough to see off the Three Lions in a friendly played in Qatar. In the two matches since, England have won one and the other was a draw.
• The last 0-0 draw between the sides came in June 1977 in a friendly at the Maracana.
• Brazil have scored in their last 10 consecutive matches against England – a run stretching back to March 1990, when England won 1-0 thanks to a goal from TV presenter and crisp seller Gary Lineker.
• Joe Hart will win his 75th cap for England tonight – putting him equal 2nd on the all-time list of appearances by goalkeepers for England with David Seaman. Peter Shilton leads the way with 125 caps.
• Angus Gunn has been called up to the England squad, but his father, Bryan, played internationally for Scotland (6 caps).
• Only three members of this England squad are in their 30s – both Joe Hart and Jamie Vardy are 30 and Ashley Young is 32.
• Only 5 members of the England squad have scored an international goal – and of those, Young has the most, with 7 strikes.
• Brazil striker Neymar has 53 goals for his country in 82 appearances. He is catching up Pele, who still holds the all-time record, with 77.
• Seven members of the Brazil squad play their football in England: four play for Manchester City – Ederson, Fernandinho, Danilo and Gabriel Jesus; two for Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firminho, and Willian of Chelsea.

Barcelona still chasing Philippe Coutinho transfer and will pay up to £150 million for him – report

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You have to admire their dedication: after a summer of being constantly rebuffed, Barcelona are still chasing Philippe Coutinho, and will try to sign him from Liverpool again in the January transfer window, according to reports in Spain.

The Catalan side feel they still haven’t found an adequate replacement for Neymar, who departed for Pars St-Germain for £199 million in the summer. Ousmane Dembele, who had been signed from Borussia Dortmund as his replacement in a £97 million deal suffered a hamstring injury in his fourth appearance and hasn’t been seen since.

With Luis Suarez experiencing a dip in his high standards, and Gerard Deulofeu not proving prolific, Barcelona bosses are ready to go back into the transfer market, according to Spanish newspaper Sport.

Sport adds that Coutinho tops the list of targets, and are prepared to pay up to £150 million for him. Another Spanish newspaper, Mundo Deportivo, reports that Coutinho – who handed in a transfer request in the summer – is still desperate to join Barcelona.

Looks like Liverpool fans will have to buckle up for another transfer window spent worrying that one of their star players will be tempted away…

Neymar told Barcelona teammates about exit at Messi’s wedding, says Xavi

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Neymar dropped the bombshell that he was leaving Barcelona for Paris St-Germain while he was attending Lionel Messi’s wedding this summer, his former teammate Xavi has revealed.

The Brazilian striker moved to PSG for a world record fee of £200 million last summer, in a saga that lasted most of the window. Neymar was at Barca for 4 years, two of those with Xavi, who moved to Qatari side Al Sadd in 2015.

But he chose to tell his then teammates about his impending departure at Messi’s wedding – nothing like pulling focus from the happy couple – in July, Xavi told the World Football Show on the BBC World Service.

“He said to us at Messi’s wedding that he wanted to change club,” Xavi said. “I said to him but why? He said ‘I am not happy in Barcelona, I prefer to leave, to have a new experience in Europe at PSG’ and finally he did, it was his decision, we must respect it.”