Pinhas Zahavi has mission: Take Neymar to Real Madrid CF. The agent who took the Brazilian to Barcelona for 222 million will be the key to the “Real Madrid operation”. His art is to cool the feelings linked to football that presidents and soccer players have to put them aside and achieve important transfers without the resquemor of the colors and the social consequences of any relevant operation on a world scale. “If you do not take away the human attachments to football there would be no transfers.” He is a sports journalist and this profession, ours, allowed him to know all the ins and outs of football, to feel the beats of leaders, coaches and players from Europe and South America to know how to approach those who decide and those who succeed with the ball to become agent of many players and make them ascend to the highest levels. His name is Pinhas Zahavi, he has the nickname of Pini and he is the key man so that Neymar fulfills the goal of reaching Real Madrid. A Jew, a native of the small Israeli town of Ness Ziona, man of the world, Zahavi stopped exercising sports journalism in 1988, when he was 45 years old, to dedicate himself exclusively to representation.
His relationship with the first level football began in 1979, After several medium-sized transfers, his jump to the first division of the agents occurred in 1990, when he transferred his compatriot Rosenthal, who played in the Liege Standard, to Liverpool. Kenny Dalglish was the manager of Liverpool. He opened a vein for which he got the contacts of Souness, Alex Ferguson, Ron Atkinson and Terry Venables. His “discovery” of Rio Ferdinand, who in 2000 played at West Ham, took him to the top. He transferred it to Leeds for 23 million euros. Two years later, he placed Ferdinand at Manchester United for 36 million. Now, his mission is to bring Neymar to Real Madrid after getting his signing for PSG a year ago, from Barcelona. It is the most difficult challenge for the Israeli.
Last year, Al-Khelaifi told him that he wanted to hire Neymar. He was annoyed by the shapes of Barcelona, which had persistently tempted Verratti without going through the office of the president of the Parisian club. He convinced the father of the Brazilian and the star. The clause had to be paid, 222 million. It was paid. Now he is in permanent contact with dad Neymar as executive arm to achieve his transfer to Real Madrid.
Your goal is complicated. It must expose the sheikh that the figure wants to leave. It is the starting point. Real Madrid is the chosen destination. Pinhas Zahavi must convince Nasser Al-Khelaifi that “this is just business”, that he does not apply the sentiments to the business, and that he admits the situation so that he puts a price on the striker. To accept that the soccer player and his family are not comfortable in the PSG and want to leave. It is Neymar who has taken the step forward. Zahavi must explain to Nasser Al-Khelaifi that he can not be intransigent. Who will sign other players, but must give free rein to the South American and open the escrow. It is your goal. Bring coldness to the situation and tell him that without Neymar the world is not over, nor the PSG. If someone can reach this agreement, it is Zahavi.