REAL MADRID have moved to hijack Barcelona’s move for Neymar by offering Vinicius Jr to Paris Saint-Germain in a surprise transfer twist, reports say.
Real Madrid and Barcelona are scrapping to lure Neymar away from PSG before the European transfer window shuts on September 2.
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The PSG forward is eager to leave the Parc des Princes behind after just two years, having grown tired with life in Paris.
Neymar’s preference is to return to Barcelona but, with relations between the Catalan giants and PSG strained, a move to Real Madrid cannot be ruled out.
And Sport say that Los Blancos chief Florentino Perez has sensationally offered Vinicius as part of a deal.
Perez is keen to back Zidane, having sacked Santiago Solari in order to bring the Frenchman back last season.
He also resisted the urge to appoint Jose Mourinho, who was actually his No 1 choice to come in at the time.
Perez reportedly feels PSG would accept the teenager, who is admired by director Leonardo.
And that could be the ticket to appeasing Zidane, who is ‘very hurt’ by the club’s failure to sign Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
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Perez does not deem Pogba worth the punt.
But he feels Neymar as the ability and commercial appeal to satisfy both Zidane and the club’s sponsors.
Neymar is also seen as a natural replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.
Real sold Ronaldo to Juventus 12 months ago and endured a wretched La Liga campaign.
They’ve since brought in Eden Hazard from Chelsea.
But Neymar is viewed by Perez as the ticket back to the top and it seems Vinicius is seen as key to the deal.
Meanwhile, former Real star Gheorghe Hagi believes Neymar and Hazard could propel Zidane’s side to Champions League glory.
“They can win easier,” he told Super Deportivo Radio.
”Without a doubt. If they sign Neymar and with the Hazard signing, they can win the Champions League again.
“[Zinedine] Zidane will then have to find a place for each one, but it’s the best thing that can happen to a coach. You just have to motivate them.”
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