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Real Madrid on alert as new rumours surface that Neymar wants to leave PSG

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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 to make world record bid to sign PSG’s Kylian Mbappe

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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.

Real Madrid still targeting Neymar signing

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Spanish giants Real Madrid still want to sign Neymar from Paris St-Germain this summer, according to reports. 

Madrid have long been linked with the 26-year-old Brazilian and is seen as the ultimate marquee signing to signify the club’s desire to regain the La Liga and Champions League trophies next season.

Whole there have been consistent stories about Neymar’s alleged unhappiness in Paris, PSG seem confident of holding onto him this summer.

Indeed, Spanish daily Marca reports that a deal for Neymar is unlikely and that several other players – including Chelsea’s Eden Hazard – are more likely to join Zinedine Zidane’s side.

However, should Neymar or PSG’s position change then Madrid would be at the head of the queue. It would likely take a new world record to bring Neymar to the Bernabeau – the record is still the £198 million the French side paid Barcelona to bring him to the Parc des Princes – but Madrid could afford it.

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.”