Real Madrid have reportedly withdrawn from the race to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward, Neymar da Silva Santos Júnior, popularly known as Neymar Jr.
The Brazil international has been linked with a possible move to Madrid since his first day in Paris, following the £200m transfer from FC Barcelona.
The club’s President, Florentino Perez has been desperate to sign Neymar, and wants him to be the long-term heir to Cristiano Ronaldo, who joined Juventus during the summer transfer window.
But, according to Paco Gonzalez in El Partidazo de COPE, Real Madrid are out of the race.
That leaves Barcelona space to bring back their former playmaker if they really want him.
However, Madrid, who seemed prepared to sign the 26-year-old last summer, look to have made up their mind based on their fans’ feelings towards the former Barcelona player.
Neymar’s antics over the last 12 months have not gone down well with Madrid fans, according to Gonzalez.
Neymar’s name has constantly been linked with Madrid and reports have it that he is unhappy in Paris.
Reports also claimed that he would prefer to move back to Barcelona and supposedly fans aren’t keen to see him line up in white.
And Barca’s Sporting Director, Pep Segura even spoke about the situation in public, refusing to rule out another move for the 26-year-old.
“All players who are in the market are likely to come if they fit our needs,” Segura told La Vanguardia.
“Today, Neymar is not in the market.
“If one day there is a possibility, does anyone believe that a club like Barca does not have to consider it?
“In the case of Neymar and anyone, we must give our partners the best,” he said.
Neymar’s departure from the Nou Camp in 2017 was a dramatic one as PSG paid his £200m release clause and he decided to leave despite saying he was committed to the club.