Spanish Report Claims PSG No Longer Consider Real Madrid Target Neymar ‘Untransferable’

French side Paris Saint-Germain no longer consider Brazil star Neymar as “untransferable”.

That is according to Mundo Deportivo, who report that the status only belongs to newly crowned World Cup winner and the tournament’s golden boy Kylian Mbappe.


Neymar, who remains an obsession of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, failed to set the World Cup alight and received more attention for his theatrical antics than his performances.

Mbappe, meanwhile, went on to show that he’s worth every bit of the sum PSG are now due AS Monaco, following his initial season-long loan at the Parc des Princes last term.

While Perez dreams of bringing Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu, Mundo Deportivo are reporting that new boss Julen Lopetegui isn’t all that fussed over the Brazilian, nor is Jose Angel Sanchez, Madrid’s general manager.

The club recently released a statement denying they’d made an approach for Neymar. But, as Mundo Deportivo would have it, they may have received encouragement as Neymar is no longer considered untouchable at PSG.


New boss Thomas Tuchel and sporting director Antero Henrique are understood to be open to the idea of selling Neymar. And club president Nasser Al-Khelafi, who was the last to come around, has finally taken to the idea of letting the former Barcelona man leave.

It would take a fee in excess of €200m to convince them to sell, however.

Neymar, though, is said to have told friends he’s willing to remain in France with PSG for one more season and will consider his options next summer.


Florentino Perez Promises to Reinforce Real Madrid With ‘Great Players’ Following Ronaldo Exit

Following Cristiano Ronaldo’s €100m move to Italian champions ?Juventus, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has promised to reinforce Los Blancos’ squad with ‘great players’.

During the presentation of Real Madrid‘s latest signing Álvaro Odriozola from Real Sociedad, the club chief has promised that other high profile players will arrive in the Spanish capital this summer.

“This is a great team that is going to be reinforced with great players,” he said, via Sport.

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“We are aware of the level of demand of the team each season, we are Real Madrid and we always want more. 

“Each title is the first step in search of new victories, that is why we must build the present and strengthen the future.”

World Cup stars Eden Hazard and Thibaut Courtois have been heavily linked in the last couple of months, as Julen Lopetegui’s team starts to work towards the beginning of the 2018/2019 campaign. President Perez is aware of the need of new top class players to keep their victorious runs going.

“We are living at Real Madrid one of the best times in our history, with unique sports titles, impeccable institutional strength and powerful financial strength.


“And above all, with the support of millions of fans around the world.”

Whilst previously considered target Kylian Mbappe and Neymar look unlikely to be leaving Paris Saint-Germain this transfer market, Perez’s words may allude to a potential signing of ?Chelsea and Belgium ace Hazard.  

The Belgian star revealed that he would be ready to start a new adventure after six seasons at Stamford Bridge, later adding: “You know my preferred destination”.


While Hazard winks at Perez, the ?Real Madrid president is for now enjoying his £35m talented right-back Odriozola, posing with the 22-year-old and holding his new number 19 shirt.


Robert Lewandowski Claims He’s Been Unaffected by Man Utd & Real Madrid Transfer Rumours

??Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has claimed that widespread rumours of a summer exit from the club haven’t affected him, despite his deeply disappointing ?World Cup campaign with Poland.

Speaking ahead of Die Bayern’s 2018/19 ?Bundesliga campaign, the 29-year-old, who has been persistently linked with a summer switch to ?Real Madrid or ?Manchester United, claimed he hasn’t considered any offers, stating to

Przeglad Sportowy: 

“I didn’t think about it [during the World Cup] because I’ve been playing football for many years and this sort of situation has happened with all my transfers. 

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“Whether it’s from Znicz to Lech [Poznan] or from Lech [Pruszkow] to ?Borussia Dortmund or from BVB to Bayern. I’ve learned how to handle these situations. From the very beginning of the group stage, I kept repeating [to my agent]: you are handling this and I’m playing. Do not write about anything and do not call.”

It still remains unclear whether the Polish goal machine will remain at the club for another season, as a move to either? La Liga or the ?Premier League could prove an exciting move for the player. Having won four league titles on the trot with his current side, Lewandowski could well look to move on in order to pursue a new challenge.

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In other news, ?B?ayern could be set to sell their promising young winger Kingsley Coman to Arsenal, with French reports claiming that the Gunners have stepped up their interest in the 22-year-old sensation. 

Despite his relative youth, Coman has already won five league titles across three major divisions, and still has his best years ahead of him as he continues to develop.


Reports Reveals Real Madrid Won’t Sign Hazard, Mbappe or Neymar to Replace Ronaldo for Key Reason

?Real Madrid will reportedly not be splashing enormous amounts of cash on any individual player in the transfer market as the reigning European champions reportedly have no plans to resurrect the long dormant Galacticos policy, despite selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus for €100m.

Real have been heavily linked with Eden Hazard, Kylian Mbappe and Neymar. But, If the latest gossip from Spain is to be believed, the Ronaldo-sized hole in the side that won four Champions Leagues in five years will be filled in ways other than throwing €200m or more at a single player.

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In previous years, Real have been no stranger to breaking the world transfer record under the leadership of president Florentino Perez, doing so to sign Gareth Bale (2013), Cristiano Ronaldo (2009), Zinedine Zidane (2001) and Luis Figo (2000).

But, according to Spanish outlet Libertad Digital, Los Blancos will simply not spend that much to buy just one player, meaning no deals for Hazard, Mbappe or Neymar unless the selling clubs are willing to accept much lower prices – and that seems virtually impossible.

At this point it is worth noting that, despite their ongoing representation in the transfer-hungry global media, Real have not completed what might be considered a ‘Galactico’ signing since spending €80m on James Rodriguez in 2014.

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The Colombian failed to justify that enormous price tag and since then Real have focused their attention in the transfer market on buying younger talents to develop.

At €45m apiece, Brazilian teenagers Vinicius Junior and Rodrygo Goes are the only players that Real have spent more than €30m on since the summer of 2014. Those who have arrived at the club during that time include Marco Asensio, Mateo Kovacic and Alvaro Odriozola.

A Bernabeu source even told Libertad Digital, “We decided a few years ago that the transfer policy was different and Cristiano’s departure is not going to change our plans.”

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Certainly, while Real look to be pushing ahead with a €40m deal to sign Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea, any substantial progress on a possible move for Hazard has been conspicuously absent, despite the player’s apparent desire for it to happen.

Chelsea are thought to want an enormous fee for Hazard and so now it all seems clearer.

It has also been recently suggested that Real pulled out of a deal for Roma goalkeeper Alisson because they refused to meet Roma’s steep asking price, something that Liverpool are doing. The proposed Courtois deal will only cost them around half the amount.


Keylor Navas: The Gala Tico Who Was Never Quite a Galactico

“I already know what a Champions League final is like, but the stairs today are new. They make me a little nervous,” said Keylor Navas, back in mid May.

The stairs in question were the famous red carpeted set at the Cannes film festival, where the ?Real Madrid goalkeeper was promoting his own biopic, a few days ahead of another Champions League final – his and Los Blancos’ third in a row. A few weeks after that would follow the World Cup in Russia, where Navas would once again be the standout star of the Costa Rica side.

Hombre de Fe tells the story of young Keylor’s unlikely rise, fuelled by his faith in God, from rural Costa Rica to professional football, the World Cup quarter finals and transfer to the world’s biggest and most successful club side.

Not many players, not even Real Madrid ones, get their own biopic at Cannes. Yet, despite near unparalleled levels of super stardom in his homeland, Navas, the ‘man of faith’ as his film title translates, has never really had his own belief reciprocated by Real Madrid’s own executive producer Florentino Perez, who will settle for nothing less than a Galactico cast.

Thibaut Courtois is the latest A lister linked with Navas’ role at the Santiago Bernabeu, with reports indicating Chelsea have accepted a €35m? bid for the Belgian, who, although lacking in his own motion picture, won the Golden Glove at the 2018 World Cup and has the stature and pedigree of very few in his position.

Navas, who joined Real Madrid from unfashionable Levante for €10m after the previous World Cup in 2014, has seen the links to other keepers come and go almost since his arrival. However, this time it really does look to be the end for the Tico who was never quite accepted as one of the Galacticos; the unceremonious fade to black at the end of his Real Madrid story.

Few will be surprised to see Navas moved on by Perez and new manager Julen Lopetegui this summer, but perhaps they should be. 

The Costa Rican has not been a cameo figure, but central to Real Madrid’s three Champions League titles in a row from 2016 to 2018 (during which he missed just two games across the three tournaments), proving himself worthy of the same pitch as Sergio Ramos, Toni Kroos and Cristiano Ronaldo, with his agility, reflexes and composure.

Although signed under Carlo Ancelotti and trusted by Zinedine Zidane, Navas perhaps owes his Real Madrid career to a dodgy fax machine connection between Manchester and Madrid. But for an embarrassingly missed deadline, he would’ve been a makeweight in the deal to bring David De Gea to the Spanish capital back in 2015, after just one season as Iker Casillas’ understudy at the Bernabeu.

Navas, as his film is keen to show, is used to dealing with hardship and triumphing over adversity – he was rejected by his local team in Costa Rica for being too short. However, his dream club attempting to sell him after a single season was too much and ??he ?admitted to shedding tears after the ordeal.

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His skin has thickened under the lights at the Bernabeu however and although as uncomfortable talking about his own future as he is on the red carpet, Navas has continued to dutifully bat away speculation every transfer window, as journalists pepper the stopper with (not unfounded) rumours about the seemingly inevitable arrivals of: De Gea, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Alisson Becker and Courtois.

Navas found an ally in Zidane, whose own success as manager allowed him to push back against Perez’s desire for a new marquee name keeper and stick with the Costa Rican as the trusted number one for his glorious reign. 

If there were still any doubters left (other than Perez) they were converted as Navas made a string of impressive saves to see Real Madrid past Bayern Munich in the Champions League semi-final second leg this year. There was no trademark celebration, or self-aggrandising post match comments and not too many column inches (outside of Costa Rica) dedicated to his performances, but the 2018 Champions League was as much about Navas as any other Madrid player.

However, in this now post-Ronaldo Madrid, the need for statements in the transfer market is as great as ever for Perez and the board. With Zidane now gone, as well as goalkeeping coach Luis Llopis, (known as Navas’ ‘guardian angel’ for his part in the keeper’s development), it seems no number of saves, or even Cannes appearances, will convince Perez that Navas is anything more than a placeholder for his true Galactico number one.

Where Navas will go next and how much he will go for (he is 31 years old and holds a contract with Madrid to 2020) remain to be seen. At least publicly, he continues to maintain that he wants to see out his contract and is looking forward to working under new boss Lopetegui. Working, as he started at Madrid four years ago as an understudy, is surely not option, however.

Real Madrid have a long history of granting the rest of Europe with the bargain of the summer, from Claude Makelele to Arjen Robben. 2018’s bargain summer castoff might well turn out to be Navas. Whoever does take him on, may not get a true Galactico, but they will be getting one hell of a goalkeeper.