Real Madrid is keen to shock the football world this summer.
After having a tormenting first half of this season, the league looks quite out of reach for the defending champions as they now lag behind the current leaders and their fierce rivals, Barcelona by a gaping 19 points with a game in hand.
The reigning European champions would look to get back their influence on Europe and the club president Florentino Perez is ready to shake the world and break his bank for this.
According to Cadena SER’s Yago de Vega, Real Madrid wants to sign Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain following the 2018 FIFA World Cup this summer and is willing to offer the French club Cristiano Ronaldo plus cash in order to acquire the 25-year-old Brazilian.
Real Madrid had pursued Neymar prior to his 2013 transfer to Barcelona but had failed in the attempt. Los Blancos had an eye on him ever since but the rivalry between the clubs made signing Neymar from Barcelona all but impossible for Real Madrid, but the tables suddenly turned last summer when Neymar’s record transfer from Barcelona to PSG prompted Real Madrid to renew its chase.
Astonishingly, Perez is willing to part ways with the reigning Ballon d’Or winner Ronaldo who reportedly is unhappy with Real Madrid due to broken promises of a new contract and currently is mired in a goal-scoring slump.
Ronaldo, 32, still is worth around €120 million, according to Transfermarkt.com, but Real Madrid would need to cough up another €100 million in order to recoup the transfer fee it paid Barcelona for Neymar.
In this money-mad era, everything is possible. Stay tuned with SportsJoint for more updates.