Euro Paper Talk: Real Madrid drop Neymar interest to focus on €200m Salah

Date published: Monday 26th March 2018 12:25

Real Madrid believe throwing lots of money at Liverpool will give them every chance of signing a Reds star in news that could leave Man Utd with a free run to sign Neymar, according to Monday’s European papers.



Real Madrid are reported to have ended their interest in signing Neymar in order to concentrate fully on a potential swoop for Liverpool star Mo Salah – and will go as high as €200million to land their man.

The sensational claims come from Spanish outlet Don Balon, who believe Florentino Perez has grown frustrated by PSG’s unwillingness to negotiate over Neymar amid claims he believes a swoop for Salah would prove far less complicated.

Salah joined Liverpool for a fee of just £36.9m last summer and the 36 goals he has plundered already have brought him to the attention of Europe’s biggest and best.

While Liverpool have no intention of selling, Real believe a €200million offer (£174.4million) would prove impossible to resist given it would represent a 470% profit for the Reds.

Talk of Real ending their interest in Neymar, however, doesn’t guarantee the Brazilian will stay at PSG, however, as it is now suggested Manchester United will capitalise on the LaLiga giants’ change of heart by making a move for the player themselves.

A move for the former Barcelona man is largely expected to be financed by shirt sponsors Chevrolet, who believe the Brazilian can help the American car manufacturer break into the Asian market.


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Manchester United are firmly in the driving seat to sign Samuel Umtiti this summer after contract talks between the France defender and Barcelona broke down (Don Balon)

Bayern Munich insist they will keep Robert Lewandowski this summer, amid reported interest from Real Madrid and Manchester United (Kicker)

Manolo Gabbiadini wants to return to Serie A at the end of the season, with Lazio and Bologna chasing the Southampton striker (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Liverpool target Lorenzo Pellegrini is close to agreeing a new deal with Roma that will see his current €30m exit fee significantly raised (Corriere dello Sport)

Barcelona are plotting a move for Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar amid ongoing concerns Samuel Umtiti could leave for Manchester United (Mundo Deportivo)

Antoine Griezmann was forced into a hasty retreat about Manchester United after teasing Paul Pogba over a future link-up at club level (Canal Plus)

However, Barcelona will go all out to complete a €100m deal for Griezmann before the World Cup gets underway (Sport)

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Juventus have made Sergej Milinkovic-Savic their top transfer target for the summer and could abandon interest in Emre Can to sign the €100m-rated Lazio star (Tuttosport)

Former Manchester United target Andrea Belotti is not interested in leaving Torino for “a big team” amid talk of interest from Chelsea and AC Milan (RAI Sport)

Inter Milan are considering a move for Real Betis star Fabian Ruiz, who has also been linked with a €30m to Real Madrid and Stoke (!) (Calciomercato)

Stefan de Vrij is closing in on a move to Inter Milan from Lazio. The Dutch defender has been linked with Liverpool and Manchester United over the past 18 months (Gazzetta dello Sport)

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, another man linked with both Liverpool and United, is also set to join Inter in a €45m deal this summer (Tuttosport)

Marcos Llorente will leave Real Madrid this summer after failing to break into the first team at the Bernabeu (AS)

The owner of AC Milan, Yonghong Li, has bizarrely tried to refinance the club using the online cryptocurrency Bitcoin (La Repubblica)

Lazio boss Simone Inzaghi is the man Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis wants to succeed Maurizio Sarri at the San Paolo (Tuttosport)


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