Real Madrid want Neymar... but paying £66million EVERY YEAR in wages (plus a £169m transfer fee), his loyalty to Barcelona, and fans protesting against a 'spoiled kid' all muddy a deal

Neymar has been linked with a sensational move to Real Madrid this summer The Paris Saint-Germain star has also been mooted to return to Barcelona The Brazil international is searching for a route out of Paris in transfer window Sportsmail looks at the five obstacles that stand between Neymar and Madrid

10 August 2019 - 14:26

Any Real Madrid supporters expecting to read about the club's failure to sign Paul Pogda on Friday would have been disappointed. 

Instead the Madrid sports papers were full of stories about the club signing Neymar. Was it a distraction tactic? Or are they really planning on gazumping Barcelona (if you can gazump someone who hasn't actually made a bid yet). 

Sportsmail looks at the five obstacles that stand between Neymar and a sensational move to Real Madrid.

Do they have the money?

Neymar earns around 35m euros (£33m) after tax in France. That means, with Madrid picking up his tax bill at 43 per cent in Spain, he would cost the club almost 70m euros (£66m) a season in gross wages. They do not have the money right now. They would also have to pay Paris Saint-Germain a transfer fee. 

Much has been made of how the two clubs have a good relationship, and it's true that they certainly get along better than PSG and Barcelona, but Neymar will still not be gift-wrapped and flown in on a Qatar Investment Authority private jet. 

The Paris Saint-Germain star would cost the club almost £66m-per-season in gross wages

Madrid will have to pay the same 180m euros (£169m) the club are demanding from Barcelona. 

Could that be reduced with players included in the deal? Possibly, but PSG are more interested in midfielders and goalkeepers than forwards so the idea of Gareth Bale or James Rodriguez plus some spare change being enough are wide of the mark. 

Keylor Navas is dispensable for Madrid and would also interest the French club. It would still be a huge investment from Madrid who could not find the money to make a serious bid for Pogba.

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