Real Madrid lead the race to beat Barcelona to prime target

Ligue 1 By: Iseghohi Odianosen | 26/08/2019

Real Madrid is leading the race to sign Barcelona prime target Neymar this summer, according to report.

The Los Blancos directors are willing to snatch the Brazilian attacker from the clutch of their rivals Barcelona, while the attacker is interested in signing for his former club but his Paris Saint-Germain is abstinent from doing business with the La Liga Champions over dissensions from the past, notably the public pursuit of Adrien Rabbit and Marco Verrati in the past.

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Fox Sports has now claimed that the Ligue 1 champions have placed an ultimatum in front of Barcelona if they are to sign Neymar. The Catalans will have to strike a deal over the transfer of the Brazilian forward by Friday, August 23, and failure in doing so will see PSG break contact with them and sell their player to Real Madrid first and if not them, Juventus.

Real Madrid supremo Florentino Perez is thought to be in advance discussion for Neymar, but the Brazilian attacker unwillingness to join Real Madrid may prevent the deal from happening.

Meanwhile, Real Madrid has also been offered the option to sign Neymar on an initial loan with an obligation to purchase- an option that was not presented to Barcelona.