Real Madrid may have secret reason for challenging Barcelona on Neymar transfer

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Real Madrid want Neymar. Florentino Perez, the club’s president, has always wanted Neymar.

It still sits badly within him that he lost out on signing the Brazil international during his time as a teenage sensation at Santos. Then, Perez thought he was on the verge of signing one of the most talented prodigies in world football.

But Barcelona left them reeling by buying Neymar instead. And now they’re trying to do the same this summer.

As things stand, the Nou Camp is likely to be the player’s destination. He wants PSG to yield, with the Ligue 1 giants hoping for him to move to the Bernabeu instead.

Real want to get Neymar to boost morale. That seems to be the common consensus. That, as the fact it would put Barcelona’s noses out of joint.

But the reason may run deeper than that: Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid have splurged over £150million on new attacking faces this summer. Eden Hazard and Luka Jovic are expected to provide new dynamics to the club’s attack.

Except Perez isn’t so convinced.

Hazard has done nothing to help himself. What was he thinking, allegedly returning to pre-season training a whole STONE overweight?

Jovic, meanwhile, reportedly does not have the backing of manager Zinedine Zidane whatsoever.

Zidane needs a Ronaldo replacement. They miss his goals, his guile, his leadership skills and his ability to deliver on the big stage.

Hazard was considered by many to be his heir. Taking his old No 7 shirt has further fuelled that opinion.

But Real can’t rely on the Belgium international to make the same impact.

They could, though, with Neymar.

He has shown during his time at the top that he can blitz goals galore when in the right team.

Even at PSG, a team he’s never really seemed happy at, he’s scored 51 goals from 58 games.

Real haven’t really addressed Ronaldo’s exit, publicly or internally. They’ve made signings but they still crave a Galactico.

And Neymar is the only player in world football who can replace him.

The line for now is that Real want the PSG star to boost morale and appease Zidane, who has spent the summer chasing Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.

But Ronaldo could be the true reason for their pursuit.

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