Real Madrid president Florentino Perez will not give up on his dream of seeing Neymar defend his team's shirt.
But he's aware of two things: Firstly, that Paris Saint-Germain don't sell and his plan may have to be long-term; and, secondly, that any deal for the Brazilian would cost the club a huge sum of money.
Therefore, the Madrid chief wants everything in order for when his friend, PSG owner Al Khelaifi, decides to negotiate a deal for Neymar.
The first thing Perez needs to do is make sure the club can afford a deal which could cost as much as 300 million euros.
Real Madrid have money to make big signings after various years of relatively low spending, although they have invested around 100 million euros in deals for teenage Brazilian forwards Vinicius and Rodrygo.
But they don't have quite enough to tell the PSG chief "there's your money," so Perez needs to raise some funds.
He could even look into the possibility of selling Spain international Marco Asensio to Liverpool, according to Telemadrid.
The Premier League club would reportedly offer up to 200 million for the midfielder (his release clause is 700 million), money which Madrid could then use to sign Neymar.