According to latest reports, Neymar’s transfer to Real Madrid has taken a new twist which could either fuel the progression of the deal or be ruled out as bogus. The sports apparel company, Nike have come up with a business proposition, which will see them agree to a sponsorship deal with the Los Blancos while they themselves pay a part of the transfer fee for the Brazilian magician.

Madrid president, Florentino Perez has been quite open with his intentions to sign Neymar in the next summer window by offloading a few of his current players. A £355m bid is reportedly being prepared to get the man who just last summer was priced at £198m.

The financial limits of player transactions have come to obscene lengths over the past couple of years. One may tie it to the heavy influx of money from Chinese Super League clubs who are offering players from European sides astronomical amounts of wages. On the other hand, it can be attributed to the transfers of Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba, who broke the transfer record of Cristiano Ronaldo in quick successions.

However, the real question lies in whether Real Madrid and Nike will be able to pull this off without raising concerns about financial fair play. The Spanish giants are already under contract with Nike’s commercial rival, Adidas till 2024.

The £850m deal was signed in 2015 which ensures a £59m remuneration after every season for the 10-year period. Barcelona have a similar deal in place with Nike themselves till 2023…

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