Real Madrid Reportedly Way Ahead Of Barcelona In Race For Neymar
Real Madrid could cause a huge blow to Barcelona's transfer dealings if they succeed on signing Neymar. Los Blancos are reportedly taking the lead in the race to sign the Brazilian with both parties already in advanced talks.
There will be players swapping sides in the deal. Paris Saint-Germain still has €160 million of the initial fee to amortize and Leonardo is keeping doors open to a potential transfer especially that Neymar himself has requested to leave.
Reports claim that Barcelona failed to impress PSG with their offers and they prefer to sell Neymar to Real instead. Last weekend, Leonardo announced that there had been no advancements made, but PSG and Real have reportedly spoken again last after opening talks.
Having not signed a galactico in several years, Florentino Perez is expected to make an announcement after sealing a deal in the coming days. Hazard is also expected to arrive this summer, and with Neymar's signing, two announcements from Real could be happening soon.
According to AS, Madrid has rejected a deal that included Vinicius. They could also ask for Raphael Varane. Another name on their list is James Rodriguez, and PSG have also considered asking for Keylor Navas. Benzema and Isco are also on their radar, but the two, for now, seem untouchable.
Though Madrid was victorious over Celta Vigo on Sunday's match, nothing has changed much at board level. The Spanish club still needs several players signed, despite having signed Hazard early on. Real is bent to fight and win over titles.
The transfer market is as hectic as it can be right now and clubs are entering decisive moments. However, Real will reportedly keep on trying to sign the Brazilian until Sept. 2. It is understood that many of the players in the club are not really in favor of the idea that Neymar is joining the squad, but they do acknowledge his skill and the potential of him winning them over.
For Perez and Real Madrid, Neymar is a strategic signing, and they will try harder to get his signature before the transfer window shuts. The controversial footballer has been reported to want to return to his former Barca club, but he has never publicly acknowledged this and is reportedly willing to line out for Madrid.
Brazil's No10 has endured a rollercoaster spell at PSG, hitting the headlines for a number of wrong reasons despite enjoying back-to-back Ligue 1 titles.