Real Madrid have already parted with a considerable chunk of the club’s treasury but they are intent on landing this PSG superstar as Zidane eyes more signings.
Real Madrid have massively under-whelmed this pre-season. After the return of Zinedine Zidane, the club’s fortunes were expected to turn. But the Royal Whites have failed to produce under the Frenchman’s watch. The arrival of Hazard, Mendy, Jovic have failed to live up to the expectation as of now. And Florentino Perez’s response to it, as usual, is to splash more cash as the problem.
Modric Out? Neymar In?
Paris Saint-Germain are open to selling Neymar to Real Madrid. Real Madrid are waiting on the go-ahead from Neymar to bring the Brazil international back to Spain. But, apparently, the Parisians want Luka Modric in return, claims The Times. The report also reveals that the French club are close to accepting Madrid’s cash-plus-player offer for their world-record signing.
Tuchel on Neymar
Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel said he can understand fans’ frustration at Neymar as the Ligue 1 side started their title defence without the Barcelona transfer target.“It’s tricky. I don’t know what to say. I saw it on my colleagues’ smartphones because I did not hear them (the chants) during the match,” Tuchel told L’Equipe.
“Can I understand it? Yes and no. He’s still our player, my player, and I protect all my players. He’s in my dressing room. I can understand that not everyone has liked what he has said and done.”
Zidane refuses to rule out Neymar move
Zinedine Zidane has refused to rule out a transfer move for Neymar amid reports Real Madrid amid increasing speculation.“Neymar is not [in our squad] but until September 2, anything can happen,” he said after Real’s final pre-season game against Roma on Sunday. “We are with the squad that we have and we are only thinking about that.”
Real Madrid ignoring the problems in the squad to invest massively in a position already occupied by Hazard. While Neymar’s talent is beyond doubt, Zidane would be better off strengthening the midfield instead of overstocking the attack. And letting go of Modic is ill-advised despite the midfielder’s deteriorating effect on the pitch.