£59m Neymar chase gathers pace as Real Madrid consider move

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Real Madrid could turn their attention away from Tottenham star Gareth Bale and towards Santos sensation Neymar after Barcelona were priced out of a move, according to reports in Spain.

The Metro quotes Spanish reports that claim Real Madrid officials will meet to decide whether to offer the full £59m release clause in the Brazilian contract.

La Liga rivals Barcelona were thought to be leading the chase for Neymar, but the report suggests they're unwilling to pay more than £25m for the superstar striker.

Chelsea and Manchester City have been mentioned as possible Premier League suitors, but it looks increasingly likely that the Santos forward will move to Spain once he decides to move to Europe.

The 21-year-old could be the extra piece Real Madrid feel they need to push on in the Champions League. 

They crashed out to Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals this year, and the Bernabeu side have been linked with a number of forwards suggesting they are ready to replace Karim Benzema, Gonzalo Higuain or both.

Neymar is now seen as a cheaper alternative to Bale, who's stunning season for Spurs in the Premier League has led his chairman to value the Welshman around £70m.

Bale could put pent to paper on a new Tottenham contract as early as this summer, bumping up his salary to £130,000-a-week, according to the report.


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