REAL MADRID have reportedly given up on trying to sign Neymar.
And that has paved the way for the wantaway Paris Saint-Germain star to rejoin Barcelona this summer.
1 Real Madrid have dropped out of the race for NeymarCredit: AFP
Spanish newspaper AS claims the Brazilian, 27, no longer has the option of plumping for a move to the Spanish capital after Real decided they could not afford to put a deal together.
Zinedine Zidane has already splashed the cash on a number of new faces, including former Chelsea icon Eden Hazard.
And Neymar’s only realistic option is a move back to the Nou Camp, two years after he quit for France in a world-record £200million-switch.
The Olympic gold medallist is desperate to quit the Parc des Princes.
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And he is set to receive a severe punishment after failing to report for the first day of pre-season training.
Barcelona have already confirmed they have held tentative talks with PSG as they look to match Real’s efforts in the market.
But they may have to return the £200m fee they received for Neymar in 2017.