Real Madrid Rumors: Latest News and Updates on Potential Moves

Nathan Giese@@gieseflysouthSenior Analyst IIJuly 26, 2012

GDANSK, POLAND - JUNE 18:  Luka Modric of Croatia waves to the fans after the UEFA EURO 2012 group C match between Croatia and Spain at The Municipal Stadium on June 18, 2012 in Gdansk, Poland.  (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid is always making a splash on the open market it seems, and it's no different this week. The biggest news surrounding the biggest players and the biggest team in history seems pretty fitting.

Here's this week's biggest news surrounding Real Madrid's potential moves.

Madrid not alone in pursuit of Luka Modric

Tottenham's Luka Modric wants to go to Real Madrid just as much as Real Madrid wants to have him aboard. However, the asking price is much too high for Madrid to be able to land him as they had hoped.

Because of this fact, Madrid is being pushed by Paris Saint-Germain, who can afford the asking price for Modric. This has stirred things up quite a bit in regards to what Madrid will do to land Modric.

According to, Madrid is already looking into unloading some costs to sway the odds in their favor:

The current voices Real Madrid are making suggest that only if they manage to sell Kaka, who stayed in Madrid instead of flying with the team for a round of friendlies and money raising, with the club hoping to get at least €20 million for the player who hasn’t been really appreciated by Jose Mourinho for various reasons over the last couple of years, then they can afford to make the desired bid for Modric that Tottenham will accept.

Madrid's willingness to give up Kaka should speak volumes as to how much they want to lure Modric away from Tottenham.

Maicon close to Real Madrid despite initial reports of their lacked interest

According to this report from, Real Madrid wasn't interested in Maicon because:

According the Spanish daily, 30-year-old Maicon is seen as too lavish an expense for a player of his age, given the €8 million transfer fee and €5 million-a-year wages required.

Real Madrid are believed to be in the hunt for a right-back, but will look to a younger player to fill the position for the coming years.

So much for that.

Not only is Madrid interested in Maicon, they are inching closer to a deal to snag him away from Chelsea, who is also in hot pursuit.

While they were attempting to get younger, numerous failed attempts at younger players by Madrid led them back to Maicon.

Madrid was looking for a younger player to help bring youth to their aging team, but they will settle for the proven talent that is Maicon.

Real Madrid's activity has slowed down over the past few weeks, so their moves might be limited in the near future. However, with the moves they are attempting right now, it is understandable that they feel confident with their roster as it stands—depending upon if they can land both Maicon and Modric, of course.