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Report: Real Madrid Discussing Neymar Transfer Amid PSG Unrest Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistAugust 7, 2019

MADRID, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 14: Neymar da Silva Santos Junior, Neymar Jr (L), of Paris Saint Germain fights for the ball with Isco Alarcon of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League 2017-18 Round of 16 (1st leg) match between Real Madrid vs Paris Saint Germain at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on February 14 2018 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Power Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Neymar is reportedly unhappy at Paris Saint-Germain, but returning to former club Barcelona isn't his only option. The world's most expensive player could reportedly earn a move to Barca's bitter rivals Real Madrid, with Los Blancos opening talks about a possible deal on Wednesday, per Sky Sports.

The report noted how Neymar is eager to leave the French capital, but Les Parisiens "are unlikely to sanction a sale unless they are able to recoup the £200m they spent" back in 2017.

Sky believe Real are yet to make a firm bid:

Bryan Swanson @skysports_bryan

Real Madrid are in talks with PSG over Neymar. No formal offers at this stage. Transfer window in Spain closes on 2 Sept. @SkySportsNews

However, Sport (h/t Goal) has outlined the package on offer:

Goal @goal

Real Madrid have offered €120m plus Luka Modric for PSG's Neymar, according to Sport 😲 Who would get the better deal? https://t.co/1L2zw8L1AJ

Whatever value Real are assigning to the Brazil international, securing his signature would represent a coup on two levels. Aside from getting one over on Barcelona, Neymar's arrival would also complete a necessary overhaul of Real's forward line after the signings of winger Eden Hazard and striker Luka Jovic earlier this summer.

Putting Neymar alongside this pair would give Los Merengues the star power they have missed since Cristiano Ronaldo joined Juventus last summer. Ronaldo wasn't adequately replaced and Real devolved from a team that won the UEFA Champions League three seasons in a row to a squad that finished third in La Liga and were eliminated by Ajax at the last-16 stage in Europe.

Neymar hasn't lifted the Champions League trophy since he was a Barca player in 2015. He hasn't yielded the success at Europe's top table PSG crave, despite some fine individual performances:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Neymar: Made more accurate through balls (17) than any other player in Ligue 1 last season For more player stats -- https://t.co/2OX26dM7o5 https://t.co/Mk4Af20bJH

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Neymar: Only Hatem Ben Arfa (5.1) completed more dribbles per 90 than @neymarjr (4.7) in Ligue 1 last season (10+ apps) For more player stats -- https://t.co/2OX26e3IfD https://t.co/gLihzRLMDz

Even so, domestic dominance hasn't been enough to stop Neymar wanting to leave the Parc des Princes. He formally notified PSG of his desire to move on last month.

Barca were widely expected to capitalise, but the Blaugrana instead wrapped up the signing of Antoine Griezmann from Atletico Madrid. Barcelona vice-president JordiCardoner recently played down interest, telling TV3 (h/t Ben Hayward of the London Evening Standard): "As of today, there is no case, as the president said."

With Griezmann joining Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele, Barcelona no longer have a pressing need to pursue what would be a hugely expensive Neymar deal. By contrast, Real still need a new marquee attraction to be the face of a successful post-Ronaldo era.