How Real Madrid can sign Neymar ahead of Barcelona

Set for a fifth season with Juventus

When asked about Neymar's options of returning to Barça or joining Madrid, Neymar Senior didn't want to be too secific about where he thinks his son might end up: "He'll be happy once he starts enjoying his football again".

As things stand, the Blaugrana expect Neymar to take a step of some sort and to make it clear, beyond doubt, that he wants to play for either side of the Clasico rivalry.

Real Madrid have been busy in this transfer window after finishing 19 points behind champions Barcelona last season.

But there is one major stumbling block - the player himself is keen on a return to his old club and Real's big rivals Barcelona.

Real Madrid have also been linked to the PSG star, who missed the Copa America due to an ankle injury that has prevented him playing a minute for over three months.

The Norwegian splashed £148m on James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire during the summer window but there is still a feeling among fans that the squad is short of quality and numbers, particularly in midfield after Ander Herrera's departure to Paris Saint-Germain.

- Real Madrid's intensified interest in Neymar comes as they accept their chances of signing Pogba from Manchester United are "practically zero", according to AS, after the Premier League club failed to sign a potential replacement for the France global before their window shut. Sport say PSG, Juventus and Bayern Munich are the most likely destinations for the former Liverpool star. However, the Croatia international's camp has told AS the midfielder is not leaving the Santiago Bernabeu.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said he has got a stronger forward line for the new season despite sanctioning the £74 million sale of Romelu Lukaku. According to Gianluca Di Marzio, the Italian striker has reached a salary agreement with the Brazilian club, but work is still being done relating to image rights.