Real Madrid starting to believe they can sign Barcelona's Neymar

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The notion of Neymar leaving Barcelona to sign for Real Madrid will be one that most people dismiss as impossible. But, as our older readership will be able to tell the younger ones, that was exactly what we all said about Luis Figo.

Real Madrid, as they did with Figo, are ready to flex their gigantic financial muscle to try and pull Neymar away from Camp Nou in a transfer that would send shockwaves around the world, and smash the current transfer record.

Marca have dedicated an entire front page to Real Madrid's reported interest. And, after reading Google's translated version, we actually believe it is possible. A perfect storm is brewing at both clubs that has, at least only slightly, opened the door.


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Firstly, Florentino Perez has an election to win in 2017 and the best way to do that is to sign one of the world's biggest players. Neymar, of course, fits that bill, but signing him from their greatest rivals will essentially seal Perez's legacy and potentially a bronze bust in the club museum.

Cristiano Ronaldo is getting older and Gareth Bale doesn't appear to be the man to replace him. Neymar, at 23-years-old, could dominate for a decade. It's so attractive to the Real Madrid president that he seems willing to try even if he has a tiny chance of success.

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Financial crisis

Secondly, Barcelona have been unable to offer Neymar the contract extension he warrants. The Brazilian is still on the same terms – €10m-a-year – then when he arrived from Santos in 2013. There is even a clause in that deal that entitles him to contract talks this season, but Barcelona simply do not have the money to offer him a pay rise.

Neymar could demand huge money after his meteoric rise, officially becoming the world's third-best player. But Barcelona are currently concentrating on sealing a shirt sponsor for next season and don't have that kind of money to spend. As a result, his release clause is likely to stay at €190m for some time yet.


FIFA ban

This will all rely on Real Madrid reversing, or, at least delaying, the transfer embargo imposed by FIFA. If not reversed, the very act of appealing could mean Real Madrid will be free to sign players in the upcoming summer window.

So, as you can see, much needs to happen if Neymar is to sign for Real Madrid, but the fact is, it is possible, and that's why we love it.

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