Real Madrid will be attempting a completion of the signing of Neymar from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2019 after reaching an “agreement in principle” with the 26-year-old.
French source Le10 Sport has reported talks have been ongoing between Real and Neymar's father, who also acts as the Brazil international striker’s agent.
Those talks are said to have borne fruit, even though PSG would still need approval for a sale before Neymar can sign a contract with Los Blancos.
The idea Real are getting closer and closer to an eventual deal for Neymar has been reverberated by Barcelona legend Rivaldo.
He told Betfair he believes his fellow Brazilian moving to the Spanish capital is unavoidable: “For now, I must believe in his word that he will stay at PSG, but from what I know and the comments I hear, I tend to think that, sooner or later, he will end up at Real Madrid.”
Rivaldo's words will be music to the ears of Real supporters after the club has spent most of 2018 linked with the world's most expensive player.
There's no doubt the prolific No. 10 fits the bill as the marquee “Galactico” Perez usually builds Real around. The former Barca ace remains one of the deadliest attackers in world football thanks to a mix of pace, flair and the ability to both create and score goals.
There have been reports Neymar is unhappy in the French capital, including one from El Pais in July detailing possible tension between Neymar and Mbappe.
Whether Real have made momentous progress or not, the Spanish giants are not likely to stop trying to bring Neymar back to La Liga.
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