Real Madrid Hoping To Sell Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez And Mariano Before Signing Neymar
Neymar looks increasingly likely to move to Real Madrid this summer, with reports that Luka Modric could be involved in a deal, but the Spanish side are hoping to sell three players first.
All summer long Neymar has been looking for a way out of PSG and finally it looks like he could be returning to La Liga but this time with a move to Real Madrid.
However, according to Marca, Los Blancos are looking to offload Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Mariano from their squad before completing the signing.
Selling the trio of unwanted players would give them the funds to pull off the move for Neymar, including making room for his wages, and free up space in the squad.
There's no surprise the three names on the list are up for sale and Bale came close to leaving the Bernabeu for China last month.
The Welshman had reportedly agreed a contract to move to the Chinese Super League but Real pulled out of the deal as they wanted a fee for the former Spurs player.
According to today's report Bayern Munich remain interested in a deal for Bale whose future in Madrid was instantly put into question when Zinedine Zidane returned to manage the club towards the end of last season.
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Rodriguez has been on loan at Bayern for the past two seasons but they decided against the option to buy him out right.
The Colombian has been a target of both Atletico Madrid and Napoli, where Carlo Ancelotti, who has twice signed him, is currently managing.
Neither side has agreed a fee for the 2014 Puskas Award winner but it seems likely that he will leave before the end of the transfer window.
Mariano was the only player signed last summer as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo and the 26-year-old only played 13 La Liga games, many from the bench, scoring three times.
Bale had been talked about potentially being involved in any deal for Neymar this summer but the latest reports suggest it'll be Luka Modric who could be part of a transfer.
The Times report that the Ballon d'Or holder and £149 million will be enough to see the Brazilian move to the Bernabeu.
How will Real Madrid line up next season?