Real Madrid Put PSG Star Neymar Jr Top of Their Wishlist With a Reported £357m Enough to Secure Deal

Real Madrid have reportedly put PSG star Neymar at the top of their summer transfer wishlist, with a fee of £357m said to be enough to secure the Brazilian’s signature.

Reported by Spanish newspaper Marca, Madrid are set to break the bank once again and bring in yet another Galatico, and this time it will be somewhat of a controversial transfer. 

Having already played for bitter rivals Barcelona, a move to the Bernabeu could not be the best idea for Neymar – if history is anything to go by. It is unlikely that a pig’s head will be thrown at the Brazilian, but there would be some unrest and hatred toward Neymar from the fans of the Catalan giants.

The 25-year-old moved to France last summer for £198m, and even though PSG have an abundance of cash at their disposal, if they were to sell Neymar for the reported £357m they would stand to make an amazing amount of profit – which could then be used for a possible replacement such as Eden Hazard.

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As for Real, they are struggling in the league at the moment. They currently sit in fourth position, 16 points behind Barcelona. A tricky test in the Champions League awaits them in the shape of PSG, in what could be an audition for Neymar against his next potential employers. 


Sensational Report Details Real Madrid’s Failed Plan to Pay Messi’s €250m Release Clause in 2013

​Spanish giants Real Madrid attempted to sign Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi in 2013 and were willing to pay the attacker’s €250m release clause.

According to Der Spiegel (H/T ​Marca) Messi’s lawyer told the player’s father, Jorge Messi, of Real’s interest.


Los Blancos turned to Bale after their attempts failed, bringing the Welshman in from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur for a then world-record fee of €100.8m.

Madrid were reportedly ready to pay the Argentinian €23m per year, and his father Jorge a further €1m.

The club have since denied any such offers or negotiations. Yet Der Spiegel claim that a meeting between Messi, his then lawyer, Florentino Perez, then sports director, Miguel Pardeza, and a lawyer from Madrid was set for a private jet. Said meeting likely never took place, but the outlet insist that it was in the making.

There are also sensational claims of Madrid offering to ‘put pressure’ on a certain government official in order to make all of Messi’s tax problems go away.

The player has since been charged and ​convicted of tax fraud in Spain, and was made to pay several millions back to the Spanish tax authorities

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In a ​separate report, Der Spiegel note that the player also paid a €12m settlement in 2016 in order to avoid another trial after he hired an adviser to perform a personal audit. 

He was urged to pay the aforementioned sum by said adviser, but Football Leaks claim that the sum did not come out of Messi’s pocket, as Barcelona took care of it.


Real Madrid Manager Zinedine Zidane Criticises Media Negativity Ahead of Villarreal Clash

Zinedine Zidane has expressed his frustration with ​Real Madrid’s critics in the press, saying that they are overly negative about his team “as it sells better”.

​Quoted by Marca in his latest press conference, the Madrid boss defended Real’s poor form, which has seen them slip to fourth in La Liga table, 16 points behind rivals ​Barcelona.


“I am tired of hearing that Real Madrid are bad, it is easy to say that everything is bad but you know that everything is not negative here,” Zidane said ahead of this weekend’s visit of Villarreal.

“It is great to speak in a negative way about Real Madrid as it sells better.”

Real have already dropped nineteen points so far this season, only two fewer than they dropped in the entirety of the last campaign. Barcelona, by contrast, are still unbeaten in the league and currently on a six-match winning run.

Los Blancos also finished second in their Champions League group behind ​Tottenham and drew 2-2 with lower league Numancia in the Copa del Rey on Wednesday night. But Zidane remains defiant about his team’s prospects this season.

“What we have to do is not listen to what they [the media] say,” he said.

“All that they say about Real Madrid is negative and that is not right, I do not see it that way. The situation is what it is and we need to look at the positive. We are still going in all the competitions.”

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Despite Real’s indifferent form, ​Zidane revealed after the Numancia game that ​he had signed a new contract to keep him at the Bernabeu until 2020.


Marcelo Becomes Latest Real Madrid Star to Settle Tax Debt to Avoid Prison Sentence

​Following in ​Real Madrid’s teammate Luka Modric’s example, Marcelo has paid €500,000 euros to the Spanish tax office following his admission last year to defrauding the state regarding his image rights.

According to El Mundo, the decorated left-back, who appeared in court last November, will pay the initial €400,000 owed to the Spanish treasury regarding his 2013 image rights, with interest added on top.

The Brazilian is not enjoying the best season with ​Real Madrid and candidly ​claimed the team are “sinking” as they languish sixteen points below perennial rivals Barcelona.

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After last season’s effervescent displays, los Galacticos look flat, and Marcelo believes it is one of his worst experiences, but that likely will be compounded by having to part with such a substantial sum of money.

Marcelo joined the capital side eleven years ago, but was alleged to have created a corporate structure to conceal image rights income in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Tax fraud is no stranger to the the star players of La Liga. Lionel Messi and his father were convicted of defrauding the Spanish state in 2016 through the use of offshore companies.


Cristiano Ronaldo made many headlines in the summer after he he was accused of a similar charge. The Euro 2016 winner was hit with a mammoth €14.7m invoice, but is reported to be planning to challenge it.


Spanish Report Claims Cristiano Ronaldo Wants Jurgen Klopp as Next Real Madrid Manager

​Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is said to be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first choice to replace Zinedine Zidane as Real Madrid manager should the Frenchman be sacked. 

Madrid have endured a difficult defence of their Spanish league title, with Los Blancos currently fourth in table and sixteen points adrift of leaders Barcelona, giving rise to speculation that Zidane could leave Real at the end of the season – with Germany manager Joachim Low another ​to be linked with the Bernabeu hot seat.

Notorious Spanish rumourmongers ​Don Balon claim that Ronaldo wants Klopp to be the man to take over should Zidane leave, because of the attacking prowess he has managed to instil in his Liverpool side.

Klopp’s side have so far found the net 50 times in their 22 Premier League games this season, with suggestions that Madrid could also attempt to prise striker Mohammed Salah away from Anfield.

Egyptian striker Salah has got 17 of those 50 league goals this season, a tally which rises to 23 when other competitions are also taken into account.

Regardless of Ronaldo’s desire to see Klopp at Madrid, it remains a long jump from Real being in poor form to Zidane, who oversaw the club’s most successful calendar year ever in 2017 being sacked – the Frenchman ​saying earlier this week: “I just go game to game, year to year.

“I cannot think two or three years down the line, as I know how it is here, even having a contract, which means nothing.”

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Having been held by Celta Vigo in the league and Numancia in the Copa del Rey in their last two games, Madrid face another tricky task at the weekend as they host sixth placed Villarreal in La Liga.


Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy ‘100% Confident’ None of Spurs Top Stars Will Be Sold This Summer

​Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy had some reassuring words to Spurs fans, and has promised that the club will not lose any of its top stars next summer. 

​Sky Sports had the chance to interview the club’s chairman while he reviewed progress on Tottenham’s new stadium build. He has guaranteed that no players that Tottenham want to keep will be sold in the summer transfer window. 

“I’m 100 per cent confident,” said Levy. Every single player that we want to keep, I can assure you will be playing for Tottenham Hotspur next season.” 

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A number of Tottenham’s biggest stars have been linked with moves away from North London in the papers. Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen have both been linked to Real Madrid in recent weeks. Danny Rose has expressed some of his frustrations at the club and has been linked with a move to Manchester United. Meanwhile Toby Alderweireld’s contract runs out at the end of the season. 

Spurs have been looking at solutions to try and keep hold of their best players. Reports recently have claimed the club will be willing to break their strict wage structure and ​offer bumper deals to players like Dele Alli.

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Levy also added that the club may try to sign some new players in the January window, but admitted that it is a difficult time to sign big names. 

Mauricio’s [Pochettino] strategy has always been that if an opportunity arises that he thinks can improve the squad then we will need to look at it, but January is always a very difficult window,” he said.

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​​Tottenham are in Premier League action against Everton in their next tie. Spurs are still three points adrift of the top four places, but have a chance to overtake Liverpool should the Reds lose to Manchester City in their next game.


Super Agent Mino Raiola Looking to Move Gianluigi Donnarumma Away From Milan as Real and PSG Lurk

AC Milan starlet Gianluigi Donnarumma’s future looks set to be away from the San Siro​ as super agent Mino Raiola continues his clash with the Italian side’s chiefs over the starlet, with the 18-year-old’s services in high demand from some of Europe’s top clubs. 

According to ​, Milan are desperate to keep hold of their academy graduate, but Raiola is keen to take his client away from Serie A and into the hands of another top side, with ​Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and ​Juventus all reported to be interested in the Italian international.  

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Donnarumma currently has four senior caps for the Italian national team and is expected to become the Azzurri’s number one following the retirement of the legendary Gianluigi Buffon, and whilst all the furore around the 18-year-old’s future continues, Gennaro Gattuso will have to keep his eye out for a replacement. 

Away from the precocious goalkeeper, Raiola also represents Donnarumma’s teammates Ignazio Abate and Giacomo Bonaventura and is hoping to line up moves away from the Italian giants – who have ​recently declared their intentions to stay at the San Siro –  for the duo as well as Donnarumma. 

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Abate, who has just 18 months left on his ​Milan contract, is the most likely to leave in the near future as his contract runs down by the day, and the struggling ​Serie A side could look to cash in on their asset before potentially losing him on a free. 

Bonaventura, on the other hand, penned a new deal at the San Siro just last summer and is less likely to leave the San Siro anytime soon, although this has not stopped Raiola from lining up the 28-year-old’s next move. 

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The Italian international has started 12 games for the Rossoneri so far this campaign, scoring three goals, and Gattuso will not be enjoying the thought of the midfielder leaving such is his importance to the side.  


Zinedine Zidane Backtracks on Controversial Comments as Rift Opens Up With Los Blancos President

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has started to backtrack on his comments around the signing of Kepa Arrizabalaga after landing himself in hot water with club president Florentino Pérez.

Athletic Bilbao’s impressive young goalkeeper is on the brink of moving to the Santiago Bernabéu – a transfer which is being driven by Pérez – and it appears to have upset Real Madrid’s manager.

“As a coach, I don’t need a goalkeeper at the moment. If that changes by June or if we sit down and talk about it, we may sign players in certain positions,” Zidane said with rumours of Kepa’s arrival continuing to make headlines, as quoted by Marca. “In two years, no player has arrived in that position and [in June] we can discuss it.”

It has since been rumoured that Zidane’s reluctance could be personal, with a report from Sport suggesting that he doesn’t want to see his son, Luca, fall down the pecking order in the Spanish capital. It is also suggested that the Frenchman’s job could be on the line, with Pérez ready to sack his manager if they fail to progress in the Champions League.

However, the former Los Blancos midfielder is now claiming that his initial comments on a new goalkeeper were not meant to put pressure on the club’s president, insisting that he just believes in Madrid’s current crop of players.

“I’m annoyed by the comments that have been made about the club and myself in this situation,” he told a press conference on Tuesday, ​Marca reports. “I’m never going to try to put any pressure on my president, who is the one who gave me this chance, or the club.

“Whoever says otherwise doesn’t know me.

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“I’m just another person here, there is nobody more important than Real Madrid,” Zidane added ahead of Real Madrid’s clash with CD Numancia in the Copa del Rey. “I don’t like [those things] to be said because it isn’t true.

“It’s not true and all I can say is that while I’m here I’m going to work at 3,000 percent.”


Report Claims Real Madrid Have Received Massive Offer From Chinese Super League for Gareth Bale

​Real Madrid have reportedly received an offer worth €95m (£84m) for superstar forward Gareth Bale.

With considerable specualtion surrounding the future of the Welsh winger, ​Bale has been extensively linked with a return to the Premier League, with heavyweights Manchester United, Chelsea and his former club Tottenham Hostpur closely monitoring his situation.

Despite such interest, it is in fact the Chinese Super League’s own Guangzhou Evergrande who have made the first move to sign the 28 year old, according to Spanish rumours site ​Don Balon.

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Notwithstanding the two goals scored in his most recent outing for Los Blancos, Bale has had a somewhat troublesome campaign thus far, with yet another injury hindering his presence in the starting 11.

The winger has amassed a measley seven appearances in La Liga, as a result of the reoccurring calf injury that has plagued his time in the Spanish capital.

Despite the Chinese Champions making the first move in a transfer saga that promises to run and run, and the club in possession of a veritable war chest (being ostensibly the richest team in China), it is unsurprising to hear that Bale is unwilling to make the move at this point in his career.

However, such a move may prompt others to follow suit, with special attention no doubt being paid by those in Manchester, as well as in London.

In spite of his sporadic absence, the versatile forward has still managed to accrue an impressive seven goals and five assists in his 15 appearances across competitions for the European Champions. 

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Having appeared only twice in the Champions League, Bale will be looking to avoid injury in the coming weeks as he seeks to secure his place in the starting lineup ahead of Madrid’s highly anticipated clash with Paris Saint-Germain in the Last 16 next month. 


Barcelona Legend Xavi Claims Mourinho-Influenced Real Madrid ‘Don’t Want to Play Football’

​Barcelona legend Xavi has accused Real Madrid of playing overtly unattractive football since their appointment of Jose Mourinho in 2010.

The Portuguese coach supposedly instructed his players to “hit the ball direct”, an approach diametrically opposed to that of Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona.

Xavi has voiced his opinion on the lack of “beautiful” football played by Los Blancos in recent years.

“Mourinho’s Madrid hit the ball direct over the top,” Xavi told ​El Pais. “Mourinho told his players never to stop the ball, to play quickly, and then [Angel] Di Maria, Cristiano [Ronaldo] or [Karim] Benzema would break. Now they do it with [Gareth] Bale. They don’t want to play football.”

He added: “Barcelona is the final exam for a player. It is the most difficult club and the most demanding in the world. 

“Madrid do not play so beautifully. At the Bernabeu, if a defender hoofs the ball into the stand it is fine. That is the culture. The fans applaud.

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“In the Camp Nou, if you kick the ball into the stands there is a murmur of negativity, since the Cruyff era.

“They are two demanding audiences but the difference is that the Bernabeu demands that players give everything. They cannot stand laziness.

“The culture of Barcelona is that of Cruyff. Cruyff turned, looked, understood the game, and did not lose the ball.”

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Xavi, who is currently playing for Al Sadd in Qatar, left Barcelona in 2015 having made over 700 appearances for the club.