In a shocking revelation, Perez has claimed that Real Madrid nearly signed Barcelona star Neymar before the Cules secured his signature. The talks were in an advanced phase, as the Brazilian even had a successful medical with Madrid-based club, but the proposed transfer collapsed during the final formalities.
Talking to Onda Cero (via The Independent), Perez said: “Neymar passed a medical with Madrid. We tried for him to come, but we saw at one point that it was not possible and we withdrew (from the deal).”
After missing out on the Brazilian prodigy, Real Madrid went onto making the then world record signing of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale. They managed to secure the signing of Bale during the final few days to summer transfer window in 2013, much like Sergio Ramos in 2005 and Luka Modric in 2012.
The characteristic late action in transfer windows to secure top signings has Florentino Perez feeling confident. The club president was optimistic for the ongoing transfer window, when he said: “I like the market all the way until August 31. There’s a long way to go.”
When questioned about Gareth Bale’s disappointing injury laden season, Perez expressed his total support and belief towards the Welsh superstar, by adding: “Bale’s tendons went. He had bad luck this season, but he has given us much satisfaction.”
Written by Shorya Panwar
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