Manchester United plotting £443m transfer move for Neymar

Cristiano Ronaldo

GETTYCristiano Ronaldo is reportedly in contact with PSG via his agent Jorge Mendes

Real Madrid are reportedly planning to upset bitter rivals FC Barcelona by plotting a €400 million (R6 billion) deal for Neymar, and could use Cristiano Ronaldo as a makeweight.

The Brazil global has enjoyed a blistering start to life in the French capital, scoring 20 goals and bagging 14 assists in 20 games in all competitions so far.

GETTYNeymar's potential arrival at Real Madrid is forcing Cristiano Ronaldo to look at a move to PSG
GETTYNeymar's potential arrival at Real Madrid is forcing Cristiano Ronaldo to look at a move to PSG

Ex-Real and Barcelona striker Ronaldo told compatriot and fellow Selecao legend Zico that Neymar took a step down by moving to the French capital, per Spanish newspaper AS: "Sportingly, the decision is a step back". His decision may have made him the most expensive player of all time, but a move to Ligue 1 is surely a step back in his pursuit of glory.

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And he'll be hoping to get on the scoresheet again when they take on Claudio Ranieri's Nantes this weekend.

PSG hopes to continue their fantastic run in the competition as they are the most successful French club in the French Coupe de la Ligue, winning the title seven times while their opponent Rennes is still chasing their first. Neymar's former side Barcelona secured the signature of Philippe Coutinho as they continue to revamp following the Brazilian's exit. He can be termed as a match-deciding element who can raise the level of his team with his qualities.

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The French Coupe de la Ligue semi finals draw put the reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain against Rennes, and Monaco against Montpelier.

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