By Pete Jenson for MailOnline
Published: 09:35 BST, 22 August 2019 | Updated: 09:45 BST, 22 August 2019
Real Madrid are ready to pounce and hijack Barcelona’s deal for Neymar when their El Clasico rivals exhaust all possible options to sign the Brazilian – and can afford him.
Club president Florentino Perez knows Real could afford to make the deal happen without breaking their wage bill, unlike Barcelona, as Neymar would be worth so much in marketing terms.
Brand sponsorship brings Neymar £24million per year and he would effectively pay part of his salary as Real receive 50 per cent of image rights, according to AS who ran the headline 'Madrid Count the Bills' with the player pictured atop a mound of cash.
Neymar remains a PSG player but has made no secret of his desire to leave the club
'Madrid Counts the Bills' reads the headline on the front page of AS regarding Neymar
It is also outlined that the total wage bill of an club cannot exceed 70 per cent of operating income. Barcelona have skyrocketed to 77 per cent and Real are only at 57 per cent, meaning they have the financial wiggle room to bring Neymar in.
Mundo Deportivo, a Catalan publication, also report that Real are in for Neymar and Gerard Pique asked his old team-mate to publicly declare his preference for Barcelona, something he is still yet to do.
Neymar’s father has started following Sergio Ramos on social media in what appeared to be another