Real Madrid have been knocked back in their advances of Paris Saint Germain forward Neymar, who has no minimum release clause in his contract.
Cast your mind back to the summer and those sensational talks of Neymar leaving Barcelona for Paris Saint Germain began and materialised.
The Brazil international was seemingly happy with life in the Catalan capital but a mega-money move and the chance to lead the line and move away from the ‘shadow’ of Lionel Messi was too appealing.
However, reports in French and Spanish press have since claimed that life is not all too good for the forward in Paris, claiming fall-outs with Edinson Cavani and coach Unai Emery have seen him miss La Liga.
A visit back to Catalonia in October saw him pictured with Messi and the Barca team, but a move back to the Camp Nou is extremely unlikely – given the nature he left, which included a training ground dust up with new signing Nelson Semedo.
That has opened up another possibility with reports coming in from Spain that Real Madrid are considering a move and the likes of Dani Carvajal, Casemiro and Sergio Ramos have all discussed a potential move.
However, a potential setback is the discovery that the Brazilian has now minimum release clause in his contract at Parc des Princes.
“In Neymar’s contract, I can guarantee you that there’s no release clause, ” his lawyer, Marcos Motta told Radio Globo.
“Neither are there any bonuses for meeting objectives or goals scored.”
Florentino Perez has seen his bigger stars at the Santiago Bernabeu fail this season and question marks have begun over the future of Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and even, Cristiano Ronaldo, who has scored just four times in the league this season.
Reports in Spain and France claim Neymar’s father has met with Perez to discuss various things, in particular the role and potential of a move for his son.
Whilst Neymar is fully committed to PSG this season – many feel he was similarly committed to Barcelona, given his relationship with Leo Messi and Luis Suarez.