Neymar: Real Madrid and Barcelona in battle for PSG forward

July 11, 2019

Real Madrid are set to challenge Barcelona for Neymar's signature this summer, Sky Sports News understands.

Reports from Spain on Wednesday suggested Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is interested in bringing the PSG striker to the club.

It is claimed PSG officials have a stronger working relationship with Real Madrid than Barcelona, but no formal offers have been made at this stage.

Sky Sports News understands that Barcelona would love to field a front-four of Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez, Antoine Griezmann and Neymar next season.

Meanwhile, PSG sporting director Leonardo has confirmed Barca have made contact about Neymar, but said: "We have not seen that Barcelona are truly in a position to buy him.

"A move of this magnitude is not just a question of emotions. It is a financial question."

One option for the Catalans would be to offer a deal which includes players going the other way - it is believed they want to offload Ousmane Dembele, Philippe Coutinho, Ivan Rakitic and Samuel Umtiti, all of whom would command substantial fees.

Real Madrid have already been very active in the transfer market so far this summer, spending nearly £300m on Eden Hazard, Luka Jovic, Eder Militao, Ferland Mendy and Rodrygo.

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