Neymar wanted to join Real Madrid this summer at least until August 20 and told Ramos, Marcelo, Casemiro and Modric his desire to become a Blancos, but the club finally considered the deal impossible, according to MARCA.
In August, he was on the front and back pages and until August 20, he wanted a move to Real Madrid.
At that moment, when the club pulled out of the bidding, he looked to Barcelona and listened to his friend Lionel Messi, who didn’t want to see him dressed in the white kit.
A potential move to Barcelona was never likely, even when he put forward 20 million euros of his own money to make up the difference as the Blaugrana offer failed to meet PSG’s demands.
Until that last week of August, Neymar did all he could to sign for Real Madrid, speaking to four different Los Blancos players to tell them of his desire to move to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
The first was Sergio Ramos, who frequently praised his footballing abilities, followed by his compatriots, Marcelo and Casemiro, who were both keen to welcome him to their club, and lastly Luka Modric.
The message in those conversations was clear and his desire to play for Real Madrid and leave PSG was evident, as he confirmed when he expressed his desire to leave.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid analysed and assessed the possible options with the knowledge of Leonardo, the French club’s sporting director, who spoke to Los Blancos directors on numerous occasions to see how their player sales were going.
Florentino Perez had his doubts but equally recognised the quality of the forward, though he knew that the transfer would cost over 200 million euros and a substantial wage which made the deal unlikely.
In the end, neither Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez left and Neymar’s arrival became impossible.
The definitive decision came on August 20, when Real Madrid confirmed to PSG that they would not be making an offer, sparking a frenzy as Neymar put his heart and soul on trying to return to Barcelona.