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Real Madrid made a €45 million offer for Neymar in 2011, confirms Florentino Perez



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Neymar is currently in Barcelona for a hearing over alleged fraud filed against him, his parents and former Barça presidents Sandro Rosell and Josep Maria Bartomeu for corruption during his 2013 move to Camp Nou.

As part of the proceedings, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez was present in the hearings via video conference. The Spaniard revealed key insights into Real Madrid’s pursuit of the player back in 2011, even confirming that the club had made an official bid for Neymar.

“Real Madrid made an offer of approximately €45 million for Neymar, but the player chose where to go and he chose Barcelona,” Perez said (h/t Mundo Deportivo) in the hearing.

The Real Madrid president went on to suggest that he had no deep knowledge of the negotiations back then and the fact that Real Madrid were not very active in the transfer saga.

“We were interested, I think like 10 years ago, that’s how the Real Madrid sports management told me, although I didn’t talk to him about it. I had no knowledge,” he said.

Perez also said he had no knowledge of DIS having any rights over Neymar’s transfers. indicating that Real Madrid had made no efforts to gain knowledge of the player’s internal contract.

“I don’t know or remember if DIS had rights over Neymar. I remember that they sent us a letter. I don’t remember having met or having conversations with Juan Figer. It doesn’t sound like anything to me. We have provided all the documentation to the summary,” he said.

DIS is a Brazilian investment company, who are the one to lodge a complaint against Neymar and the former Barcelona presidents for the alleged corruption in the transfer.

The company had owned 40% of the player’s transfer rights, but they allege that Neymar and Santos worked together to transact money through other means, without the knowledge of DIS.

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Real Madrid intensify negotiations for Ligue 1 defender with Nacho on his way out




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Now that Nacho is ready to join Al Qadsiah, Real Madrid have decided to ramp up their efforts to sign Lille defender Leny Yoro, reports Jose Felix Diaz via MARCA.

As reported before, Nacho has decided to end his career with the Spanish club as he has agreed to a two-year contract with Al Qadsiah in the Saudi Pro League. With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now have a spot open in their defence and are eager to fill it with Yoro.

It is important to note that Yoro has attracted a lot of interest from other clubs. Paris Saint-Germain have been particularly active in trying to sign him, offering €60 million for the player. 

Although this offer is close to what Lille wants, Yoro isn’t interested in moving to PSG.

What Yoro is looking forward to is joining Real Madrid. While the player and Real Madrid have a verbal agreement, the deal with Lille still needs to be finalised soon.

What about the transfer fee?

Regarding the transfer fee, Real Madrid are hesitant to match PSG’s €60 million offer because Yoro has only one year left on his contract. 

Real Madrid want to close the signing of Leny Yoro. (Photo by SAMEER AL-DOUMY/AFP via Getty Images)

Initially, the club planned to wait until June 30 to begin serious negotiations. However, due to the increasing interest from clubs like PSG, Manchester United, and Liverpool, they might need to speed up the process.

With Nacho leaving, Real Madrid now has the necessary room to strengthen their defence and Yoro fits the bill. 

Madrid already have Yoro in plans

It must be noted that the club’s management, in accordance with Carlo Ancelotti, is already planning next season’s lineup of centre-backs. 

They expect Rafa Marin to leave, so the defensive lineup for coach Carlo Ancelotti is likely to include Eder Militao, Antonio Rudiger, David Alaba, and possibly Yoro if they can complete the negotiations successfully.

Real Madrid are focusing on building a strong defence for the upcoming season. They see Yoro as a valuable addition and are working hard to secure his transfer. 

The next steps involve reaching an agreement with Lille and finalizing the transfer details as soon as possible.

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