Reports: Real Using Neymar As Smokescreen To Sign PSG Star
Reports: Real Madrid Using Neymar As Smokescreen To Sign Paris Saint-Germain Star
A recent report suggests that Real Madrid's pursuit of former FC Barcelona superstar Neymar is nothing but a smokescreen as they are trying to sign another Paris Saint-Germain star.
According to Spanish publication Sport, the LaLiga giants are eyeing France international Kylian Mbappe once again after losing out on his signature at the beginning of the season.
The 19-year-old, who was said to be high on Los Blancos' wishlist at one stage, moved to the Ligue 1 champions on loan from Monaco last July, with the club expected to make his move permanent after an initial €180 million (R2.65 billion) deal was agreed at the start of the campaign.
Reports suggest that PSG are struggling to keep in line with FIFA's Financial Fair Play rules, and if things do not improve in the coming months, they could see their Mbappe deal take a sour turn.
Real manager Zinedine Zidane has kept a close eye on the forward since his move to the French giants and has apparently told his club's board to swoop in for the youngster if the opportunity arises.
All the focus in the media has been on Real luring Neymar to the Santiago Bernabeu, but with the Brazilian having broken his silence on the rumours – describing them as "annoying" – it has now been suggested that the former Blaugrana star was just a smokescreen until the Madrid side knew what PSG's financial situation was.
With Karim Benzema tipped to leave Real in this transfer window, the club are looking for a suitable replacement, and are said to have identified Mbappe and Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski as possible candidates.
The young Frenchman has made 46 appearances for the Paris side so far this season, scoring 21 goals and assisting a further 16 strikes.
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