AS: Madrid definitely rule out Neymar's transfer; Mbappe top priority
- The Brazilian is labelled as a 'too risky' investment.
- Los Blancos would rather focus on his PSG teammate who has a better 'marketing potential'.
- The Frenchman is believed to be Madrid's primary transfer target for the next year.
- As for Neymar, Florentino Perez decides not to get involved in this summer's transfer saga.
A rather inspiring report appears in Thursday's edition of Madrid-based Diario AS. They claim Real Madrid board have 'definitely' ruled out the possibility of signing Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain even though the Brazilian was considered to be Los Blancos' long-term target. Apparently, he is now believed to be 'too risky' to invest in, as per the same source.
There is no secret that Florentino Perez has always dreamt of landing Neymar. However, the situation has changed following the progress of his PSG teammate, Kylian Mbappe. The 20-year-old is now a better option due to his marketing potential and status as a World Champion. Finally, Madrid are not particularly happy with Neymar's somewhat scandalous entourage and off-field antics.
AS insist Florentino Perez will now try to orchestrate one Galactico signing per season. This summer, the club have already secured Eden Hazard's arrival. Kylian Mbappe is said to be the primary training for the 2020/2021 campaign. Given the Parisians' sporting director Leonardo's most recent statement on the Frenchman's future at PSG, there could be hope for Blancos to land him next year.
With Neymar's transfer saga dragging on once again this summer, Madrid are reportedly determined not to get involved. The Brazilian is set to leave PSG while the Parisians could consider offloading him for at least 150 million euros. AS insist there is no contact between the sides on this matter. Apparently, Neymar is destined to return to FC Barcelona after his notorious exit back in 2017.