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Neymar plays waiting game after PSG reject Real Madrid's €100m plus players offer - reports

Barcelona also had a cash-plus-players offer turned down by the French champions

Neymar's protracted exit from Paris Saint-Germain appears no closer to being completed after the French champions reportedly rejected an offer from Real Madrid worth €100 million (Dh407m) plus players.

French sports daily L'Equipe said Real had offered cash plus Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and goalkeeper Keylor Navas, but PSG turned it down because "the overall value of the offer did not match their expectations".

Paris paid €222 million to sign Neymar from Barcelona two years ago and their sporting director Leonardo is understood to be determined to only sell the forward for a deal considered to be of the same value.

Real have spent the summer trying to offload Bale, while Rodriguez is unwanted after returning from a two-year loan at Bayern Munich and Navas is no longer the club's first-choice goalkeeper.

Meanwhile, Barcelona remain hopeful of bringing Neymar back to the Camp Nou, but Catalan daily Sport claims an attempt to sign the player on loan with an obligation to buy for €160m at the end of the season has been firmly rejected in Paris.

Sport claims Barcelona feel "it is very clear that PSG are trying to prevent the Brazilian from returning to the Camp Nou in any scenario".

PSG had previously reportedly turned down an offer from Barcelona of €40m plus Philippe Coutinho and Ivan Rakitic. Coutinho has since joined Bayern on loan.

Juventus are also believed to have stated an interest in signing the 27-year-old Brazilian, who has not featured in any of PSG's matches so far this season having been frozen out amid the uncertainty over his future.

However, Juve's interest will likely hinge on their ability to offload players from a squad manager Maurizio Sarri has already admitted is too large.

Paulo Dybala is one player who could make way to free up funds and space, although the Argentine striker has twice seen moves collapse this summer, first to Manchester United, then Tottenham Hotspur.

The transfer window closes in France, Spain and Italy on September 2, meaning time is fast running out for a deal to be done.

Updated: August 22, 2019 04:18 PM

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