Real Madrid and Manchester City, two of Europe’s most powerful clubs, have reached what is being called an ‘anti-Barca’ agreement.
A report in El Confidential claims that Florentino Perez [pictured] and Ferran Soriano, Real Madrid club President and City chief executive respectively, have had contact several times in recent weeks with a view to implementing a non-aggression agreement between the clubs with regards transfers.
In this sense, the Blues and Los Blancos intend to negotiate directly between themselves if one of them is interested in a player from the other’s team, thus cutting out the need for agents and other beneficiaries and leaving Barca out of the equation.
From Soriano’s point of view this could be seen as a direct response to his deteriorating relationship with current Barca President Sandro Rosell, while Perez, who was once on good terms with Rosell, appears to have changed his stance.
Among other reasons the tension between Real and Barca during Jose Mourinho’s era is cited and also allegations of doping levelled against the Catalans by the Madrid Press.
El Confidencial also describes as ‘interference’ from La Blaugrana in the chase for Brazilian wonderkid Neymar, with Real believing they had controlled the operation for his signature until Barca tied him to a deal.