The Neymar summer transfer saga has just taken another major twist after reports from Spain claim that the Brazilian has opened talks with Real Madrid.
Barcelona‘s pursuit of Neymar has been well documented, as the Catalans seek to bring the 27-year-old back to La Liga after having him swiped from under their noses by PSG two years ago.
However, with talks stalling between the two sides, PSG have apparently made the first move in a potential deal with the powers-that-be at the Bernabeu.
According to Marca, sources say that PSG could even be willing to let Neymar head to Real on a one-year loan deal – with a view to selling him on at a higher price next summer.
This option would not be available for Barcelona, as it is believed that the Paris club have been angered by perceived attempts between the Spanish side and Neymar to stir up unrest and force the Brazilian’s price tag to be lowered.
Madrid president Florentino Perez is understood to have a good relationship with the PSG board, while tensions have been simmering between the French club and Barcelona ever since Neymar’s release clause was activated two years ago.
Neymar would give Real Madrid a bonafide superstar in the same vein as Cristiano Ronaldo – who departed for Juventus a season ago – and would complete an enviable attacking line-up alongside Karim Benzema, Vinicius Jr and summer signings Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic.
The transfer window may have closed but rumours about the future of Wilfried Zaha continue.
The Daily Telegraph reports the Ivorian remains adamant that he wants to leave Selhurst Park, despite a proposed transfer to Everton breaking down.
Meanwhile, the Sun reports that Chelsea will be looking to make a £80million move for Zaha in January if they can overturn their transfer ban.
Sporting Lisbon’s refusal to lower their asking price for Bruno Fernandes saw a potential move to Tottenham break down, reports the Daily Mirror.
Spurs were keen on the 24-year-old but were put off by an asking price of around £64million, the paper adds.
Saido Berahino is on his way out of English football, with the former Stoke striker heading to Belgian side Zulte Waregem, according to the Daily Mail.
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Neymar: Real Madrid are to set their sights on signing the Paris St Germain forward after a potential move for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba broke down, reports Marca.
James Rodriguez: Napoli are still in the hunt for the Real Madrid man, according to Marca.
Danny Rose: Watford were interested in signing the Tottenham man during the transfer window but Spurs rejected the Hornets’ advances, Sky Sports says.
David Luiz, Romelu Lukaku and Giovani Lo Celso were among the headline movers on a busy final day of the summer transfer window.
Arsenal completed their shock swoop for Luiz from Chelsea while Lukaku’s Manchester United misery ended with a switch to Inter Milan.
Carroll made an emotional return to Newcastle eight years after leaving his hometown club and Tottenham snapped up Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.
Arsenal’s good day was further enhanced by the signing of Kieran Tierney from Celtic while Alex Iwobi left the Gunners for Everton.
Together Premier League clubs took their summer spending to £1.41bn, just short of the record £1.43bn spent in 2017.
Arsenal’s deadline day moves saw them edge past Manchester City to become the Premier League’s biggest spenders of the summer having forked out £155million.
Defender Luiz’s surprise move came at a reported cost of £7million with Tierney arriving for around £25million.
Brazilian Luiz had two spells at Chelsea separated by a stint at Paris St Germain, where he worked with Gunners boss Unai Emery.
“David has huge experience and I look forward to working with him again,” said Emery. “He is a well-known player and adds to our defensive strength.”
Lukaku’s switch to Inter on a five-year deal, for an initial fee of £74million, ends the Belgian’s unhappy summer at United having fallen out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The 26-year-old, who joined United from Everton for £75million two years ago, did not feature during pre-season and failed to report for training earlier this week.
United were linked with Juventus’ Mario Mandzukic as a potential replacement but no deal materialised.
Carroll was back with the boyhood club where he made his name before his high-profile £35million move to Liverpool in 2011.
The 30-year-old was available as a free agent following his release by West Ham at the end of last season.
Carroll has been hampered by injuries in recent years but, after a thorough medical, Newcastle offered a one-year deal.
Other business at St James’ Park saw the arrival of full-back Emil Krafth from French side Amiens for a fee in the region of £5million.
Everton signed winger Iwobi for an undisclosed fee on a five-year contract.
The Toffees were also linked with Wilfried Zaha but Crystal Palace’s prize asset stayed at Selhurst Park and a move for Manchester United’s Marcos Rojo broke down.
Spurs spent a reported £25million to land highly-rated winger Sessegnon on a six-year deal from Fulham with Josh Onomah moving the other way. Midfielder Giovani Lo Celso also joined Spurs on a season-long loan from Real Betis.
Champions Manchester City also got in on the deadline day action by signing former England goalkeeper Scott Carson, 33, on a season-long loan.
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