Key figures close to Neymar have been trying to force a sensational swap for Gareth Bale plus cash, potentially solving two of the biggest deadlocks and player controversies this summer.
Sources close to the Brazilian say it has been repeatedly brought up over the last two weeks, with some momentum behind it, as he is “desperate” to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Spain.
Bale’s situation meanwhile exploded again on Sunday morning when Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane remarkably admitted “we hope he leaves soon” and that “we are working on his transfer to a new team”.
PSG would have less of an issue with that, however, and sources close to the situation feel there is increasing momentum behind a potential deal. The feeling is it could make sense for a few parties.
The French champions are now at the point where they realise the need to sell Neymar, such is the player’s desire to go, even if his first preference remains Barcelona. With that situation currently at a significant impasse, however, there has been discussion over whether a swap for Bale represents a solution.
Both players would get moves they would be happy with. Real Madrid would get another “galactico”, and one that Perez has long wanted, while finally selling Bale. PSG would solve the Neymar problem, and have an easy temporary replacement – which could also facilitate Kylian Mbappe’s move into the central role in the team he so craves.