Real Madrid president Florentino Perez plans to hijack Neymar’s return to Barcelona by tempting PSG with a player that they have maintained interest in – Casemiro.
Don Balon claims that Real Madrid want to sign Neymar and, importantly, prevent him from joining Barcelona by hijacking any potential deal with PSG.
However, the Paris club are demanding €250 million for the player which Real Madrid see as improbable, especially after their extensive summer outlay in purchasing 5 players already.
Instead, the report claims that the Spanish club is ready to offer Casemiro to PSG as part of the deal since the Ligue 1 champions are known admirers of the Brazilian holding midfielder.
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There is a feeling in Madrid that the player hasn’t lived up to his usual standards in the 2018/19 season and Zinedine Zidane is said to be okay with his departure if it means the Neymar deal can be pushed through.
Casemiro’s valuation at €60 million would mean that Real Madrid only need to cough up €190 million instead of the full two-fifty – something Florentino Perez feels is possible.
FOX Sports Asia probability rating: 2/5; Unlikely that Real Madrid can squeeze themselves into this deal, Casemiro or not, as Neymar reportedly has his eyes set on a reunion with Lionel Messi at Barcelona.