Report: Neymar willing to take pay cut to join Real Madrid

The Brazilian star, mired in turmoil on and off the pitch, would take a reduced salary, made up with an "upfront payment signing-on fee."

Kahron Spearman

Per French outlet L'Equipe (h/t Manu Sainz of AS and Bleacher Report) Neymar has decided to leave Paris Saint-Germain and join Real Madrid for next season - an oft-rumored move - with the Brazilian striker even will accept a pay cut to get back to Spain.

Sainz laid out what Real Madrid would have to commit to, in order to sign Neymar, currently valued at 250 million, including moving Cristiano Ronaldo.

Florentino Prez is aware that at least 250 million euro will be required to prise Neymar away from the French capital and is expected to try and use Cristiano Ronaldo in any deal between both sides or if Manchester eventually becomes the destination for the Portuguese striker, allocate the funds from his sale to prop up the Neymar transaction.

Manu Sainz
Staff Writer, (Spain)

The rumors that Neymar would use the Ligue 1 leading side as a stopover for his inevitable return to Spain have been prevalent since his signing.

PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has said in the past that Real has no shot at signing the star, but further on and off pitch discord (and Real's funds) could change minds. 

Real president Florentino Perez remains desperate and will sign the star, per Sport (UK.) And Neymar willing to reduce his 38 million salary to something more tenable for Los Blancos - by using a monster signing fee upfront - likely escalates Perez's desire.