- Real Madrid is about to offer Paris Saint German $US133.7 million dollars plus Luka Modric for Brazil international Neymar, reports suggest.
- Madrid has already spent $US331.7 million this summer but a successful move for Neymar would take its total expenditure to $US441.2 million – a new world record.
- Prior to this summer, the 13-time European champion already held the record for most money spent in a single summer, splashing $US283 million in 2009.
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Real Madrid could be set to smash it’s own record for the most money spent in a single summer, after reports suggest it is about to offer Neymar an escape route out of Paris Saint Germain.
Neymar has courted controversy multiple times this year. He lashed out at a fan after a French Cup match in April, reported into pre-season training one week late last month, and appears to be on the transfer market with a price tag of $US200 million – something no club, as yet, has been willing to pay.
However, SPORT, a daily newspaper in Spain, report Madrid will offer PSG $US133.7 million dollars plus the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner Luka Modric, in an attempt to bring the unsettled Brazilian to the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.
And should Madrid be successful in it’s endeavour to land the 27-year-old, it would eclipse its own record for the most money spent by a single club in a summer transfer market.
The 33-time La Liga champion has already spent $US331.7 million to recruit five new players, including Belgian forward Eden Hazard who joined from Chelsea in a $US109.5 million deal. Adding Neymar to it’s roster for $US133.7 million would take Madrid’s expenditure for the summer to a massive $US441.2 million – a new club and world record.
Prior to the summer, Madrid was already the biggest summer spender in soccer history, having spent $US283 million in 2009 when it signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Kaka, and Karim Benzema amongst others.
Juventus closely followed, spending $US281.2 million in the summer of 2018 when Ronaldo was once again a significant part in an aggressive recruitment drive.
Neymar wants to leave PSG
PSG is holding out for $US200 million as it looks to recoup most of the $US275 million spent on him in 2017, however Madrid is hoping it can test the French champion’s resolve with it’s latest bid.
Spanish and French soccer clubs have until September 2 to do business, which is when the transfer window shuts until the middle of the season.
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