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Report: Real Madrid set to rival Barcelona for Neymar

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Real Madrid are reportedly considering challenging sworn rivals Barcelona to a tense showdown for the signature of Neymar.

Neymar no longer wishes to continue at Paris Saint-Germain after two injury-plagued years in the French capital. So far, it’s understood he contacted Barcelona to discuss a possible return in the current transfer window.

Evidentally, the Catalan giants are keen on the prospect of re-signing Neymar and allegedly dream of fielding him as part of a new four-man attacking line-up along with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann.

But Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu struck doubt over a potential deal last week by declaring that PSG won’t sell Neymar.

Then, just three days later, the 27-year-old was a no-show for PSG’s first pre-season training session. Therefore, the club’s sporting director Leonardo opened the door for Barcelona to re-sign Neymar for the right price.

It seems, though, Barcelona won’t have it all their own way as Sky Sports claim that Real Madrid are considering a last-minute upset.

Los Blancos president Florentino Perez, who is a long-term admirer of Neymar’s, refuses to throw in the towel and could launch a challenge for the Brazil international.

Apparently, Real have a better working relationship with PSG than Barcelona – which could work to their advantage.

Although reports suggest that neither Real or Barcelona have tabled an official offer to PSG yet. This comes as no surprise considering Neymar’s uncertain circumstances in Paris and the fee his transfer will likely command.

After signing the former Santos star from Barcelona just two years ago for a world-record €222m, it’s only natural PSG will expect the same in return.

So, both Spanish clubs will need to raise more capital should they hope to sign Neymar. However, it might be a problem considering the amount they’ve spent in the transfer window.

Real, for example, have spent a club-record €303m on new recruits. Although Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Llorente, Raul de Tomas and Theo Hernandez’s sales have helped them recoup €115m.

On the other hand, Barcelona have only lost €6.60m this summer compared to their rivals’ loss of €188m. While the club splashed out big time on Ajax star Frenkie de Jong for €75m, they’ve also offloaded players for big transfer fees.

Although things could quickly change should they match Griezmann’s buy-out clause of €120m at Atletico Madrid.

MADRID, SPAIN – FEBRUARY 20: Antoine Griezmann of Atletico Madrid.
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