Real Madrid Transfer News: Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Named in Huge PSG Rumours

James DudkoFeatured ColumnistMarch 27, 2016

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo, centre right, pats Barcelona's Neymar on the back at the end of  a Spanish La Liga soccer match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at Camp Nou stadium, in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez)
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Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly determined to sign Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Barcelona attacker Neymar this summer. PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi views the pair as suitable replacements for the big names in his club's current forward line.

Italian source Il Corriere dello Sport (h/t Spanish publication Sport) had the details of PSG's highly ambitious plan: "The report confirms that PSG will allow Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani to leave and that their owner—Al-Khelaifi—has the firm intention of re-fllling the side with some of the biggest names in football: the Brazilian forward from Barcelona and Real Madrid’s star player."

But even if PSG manage to land Ronaldo, they reportedly won't be able to count on the prolific Portuguese powerhouse's talents for long: "The latest reports adds that Ronaldo could join the French club on a relatively short contract ahead of a final move to the United States or China."

Moving to America is a possibility Ronaldo discussed during an interview with GQ in January (h/t David Wright of the Daily Express): "What's happening there is great, it's fantastic. Maybe in the future will be a good chance for me to play there."

Of course, if Ronaldo were to leave, Los Blancos might view a forward as prolific as Neymar as the perfect replacement. There were even suggestions the player's representatives met with Madrid officials at the Ballon d'Or ceremony, according to Spanish source Onda Cero (h/t Kit Mann of the Daily Mirror).

But the Brazilian's father denied that meeting, per Spanish publication Mundo Deportivo (h/t The only exit rumours involving Neymar that have been as strong are focused on PSG.

Earlier this month, Spanish journalist Eduardo Inda revealed on television show El Chiringuito de Jugones (h/t Matt Heath-Smith of the Sun) how talks had been held with the Ligue 1 giants, specifically with a "person very close to" Al-Khelaifi.

Whatever the future holds for both Neymar and Ronaldo, it seems clear PSG will need a revamp up front ahead of next season.

Talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already hinted at a move to England's Premier League, according to the Guardian's Dominic Fifield. In fact, Turkish agent Mesrun Izzet recently told Turkish source Radyospor (h/t Metro's Mark Brus) Manchester United can sign Ibrahimovic, provided the club finishes in the top four and appoints Jose Mourinho to replace Louis van Gaal as manager.

Similarly, Chelsea reportedly have a good chance to sign Ibrahimovic's striker partner, Edinson Cavani. That's according to Italian source Tuttosport (h/t Metro's Tom Olver), who quote Cavani's agent, Fernando Guglielmone, suggesting the Uruguayan could move to Stamford Bridge if Italy's Antonio Conte becomes manager in the summer.

Cavani and Ibrahimovic could both be Premier League bound.
Cavani and Ibrahimovic could both be Premier League bound.Lionel Cironneau/Associated Press

Selling one or both of their star strikers would demand PSG sign a marquee forward as replacement. But Ronaldo and Neymar wouldn't just be replacements, they'd be upgrades.

Yet it seems rather fanciful to think the Paris club could actually sign both. But don't rule out Al-Khelaifi's millions tempting one of the match-winning forwards to the French capital as a statement signing this summer.