Real Madrid Go Head-to-Head with Barcelona for Neymar

Romelu Lukaku

Romelu Lukaku

Neymar wants to leave PSG before the window closes and his desire is to sign for the Blaugrana.

Now though, the Manchester club are again sniffing around World Cup finalist Mario Mandzukic. Just when it seemed that Barcelona were the favourites to sign him, now it appears that Real Madrid could join the race.

And after Barca's vice-president confirmed a Neymar swoop was off, Real Madrid stepped up their interest for the Brazilian forward.

This means that somebody like a Gareth Bale could very well go to Paris Saint-Germain as part of this deal.

It is believed the Brazil global is desperate to leave the Ligue 1 giants after just two seasons, with a return to Barcelona reportedly on the cards.

Real Madrid and PSG have yet to comment. However, the Croatia international's camp has told AS the midfielder is not leaving the Santiago Bernabeu. Ajax star Donny van de Beek remains the most likely option for Zinedine Zidane, according to AS, but they are waiting amid a potential move for Neymar.

Sources have told ESPN FC that United have not ruled out replacing the 26-year-old with Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic but there is an acceptance it may prove hard with time running out before Thursday's transfer deadline.

But it became clear on Thursday that the Croatian would not be joining Manchester United and there were suggestions the Premier League giants walked away because of Juventus' excessive demands.