Real Madrid would need to produce an incredible financial package ‘worth £1.2million a week to prize Neymar away from Paris Saint-Germain’ this summer.
The Brazilian, who moved to the French capital in 2017 in a world-record £198m move, is far from settled at PSG and could be tempted by a move this summer.
According to AS, Neymar’s staggering wage demands would be integral to any move from the Parc des Princes to the Bernabeu with Zinedine Zidane desperate to galvanise his squad with a Galactico signing.
Latest accounts released show that Real pay an annual £247.5m on player wages following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.
But, AS report that the club boast more than 800 employees and the total salary paid per year stands at closer to £380m.
Clubs are allowed to spend up to 70 percent of their annual turnover on wages, as dictated by the European Club Association (ECA), and with Madrid paying around 57 percent, they are well within the limits.
With a mammoth wage bill already filling much of the club’s allowance, it is acknowledged in Spanish reports that Zidane needs to shift Gareth Bale if he is to make room for a player such as Neymar.
Bale and Zidane have a tricky relationship with the Welshman firmly out of favour under his management.
He was not given the chance to say a potential goodbye to the club’s supporters in the final home game of the season – a 2-0 defeat by Real Betis – as he was forced to watch on from the bench.
The 29-year-old appears to have no future in a Real Madrid shirt with Zidane in charge and it remains unclear if he intends to see out the remainder of his contract at this stage in his career.
After a disappointing season domestically and in Europe, Zidane is keen to refresh a side that has fallen off the pace of their rivals.
Eden Hazard, out of contract with Chelsea next summer, remains a primary target while the club also monitor the situations of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Christian Eriksen, Paul Pogba and Luka Jovic.