Real Madrid Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2013

Real Madrid Summer Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumours, Updates

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    Welcome to your one-stop-shop for all the news, however feasible or stretched it may well be, from the Santiago Bernabeu ahead of what's shaping up to be a busy summer for Real Madrid.


    ---LAST UPDATED: Monday, 10 June 0800 ET---

    The Spanish capital looks set to see movement from the top down during the transfer window.

    A managerial change looks odds on, squad players look set to be moved on and any incoming manager may well have Florentino Perez's cheque book available to add some fresh faces.

    There's a feel of anything goes around Los Blancos at the moment, so don't be surprised to see some potentially massive transfers.

    This slideshow will be constantly updated with the most recent news, rumors and rubbish pushed to the first few slides.

    With that in mind, make sure you're continuously heading back—you wouldn't want to miss anything.

    UPDATE: It's been a quiet opening to the transfer window for Real Madrid, but expect that to change as soon as they announce their new manager.

Modric Staying Put

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    Luka Modric has dealt a blow to his former boss, Jose Mourinho, by claiming he is happy at Real Madrid amid speculation of a move to Chelsea.

    The Sun, in England, say that the Blues were prepared to pay £30 million to bring the diminutive Croatian to Stamford Bridge, but the 27-year old has no interest in following Mourinho:

    “I’m not even thinking about the possibility I could leave Madrid this summer, but there is interest from other clubs.

    “Every kid who plays football dreams about playing for Real Madrid. It was the same with me."


    ---LAST UPDATED: Monday, 10 June 0800 ET---

Juan Mata an Unlikely Option?

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    As a potential deal for Gareth Bale becomes increasingly frustrating, The Metro have reported that Real Madrid may turn their attention to Chelsea's Juan Mata.

    The Spain international has been the Blues star attraction this season, and it would seem unlikely the London club would be interested in listening to offers for him.

    In the article, it is suggested the only way a deal may come about is if Jose Mourinho decides to cash in on Mata in order to pursue other targets.


    ---LAST UPDATED: Monday, 10 June 0800 ET---

Bale Back in Sight

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    Despite rumors in England that Gareth Bale will sign a new contract with Tottenham (via The Guardian), reports in Spain on Wednesday suggest Real Madrid still maintain an interest.

    In a story titled "Florentino's Formula" [Madrid president Florentino Perez] MARCA report that the Welshman still features highly on Los Blancos' summer shopping list.

    The paper says any potential deal to bring Bale to Madrid is difficult though, due to the "agonizing" nature of negotiating with Spurs' Daniel Levy.

    The report also identifies Robert Lewandowski, Neymar and Isco as candidates, as the following slides on this article previously revealed.

    UPDATE: Andre Villas-Boas (via MARCA) has refused to comment on Bale's future, as it's thought Real Madrid step up their interest even more following Barcelona's capture of Neymar. The Welshman has really impressed Zinedine Zidane this season, but the club remain uneasy about the high transfer fee attached to him. 

    UPDATE: In the Spanish capital, AS are reporting [via The Sunday Times] that Real Madrid are prepared to offer 100 million euros for Bale. This affair seems set to run and run, with no end in sight yet.

    UPDATE: Tottenham coach Tim Sherwood has confirmed, via MARCA, his belief that Bale will remain with London-based club this summer:

    "I believe one million per cent he will stay.There will be a lot of clubs wanting to take Gareth but he’s 23 and has good advisers. There’s time for him to go overseas or to another Premier League club but I think he needs to stay here."


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Di Maria Heading out the Door?

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    Angel Di Maria's name has been pretty hot since January as he's regularly linked with a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

    In England The Metro have paired him with Manchester United, while The Mirror suggested he's been offered to Chelsea too.

    Now he's been linked with a move somewhere other than England, and it's hardly surprising to learn of the country Portuguese paper A Bola are saying the interest comes fromFrance and PSG.

    They state a fee of €25 million has been agreed between the two clubs for the Argentinian winger.

    It is thought, if true, that Real Madrid hope that the deal will aid negotiations between the two clubs over the future of Carlo Ancelotti.

    UPDATE: Di Maria is among three players, the other two being Pepe and Fabio Coentrao, who Florentino Perez has told he wants to remain at the Bernabeu next season.

    The report, which is in MARCA, does speculate though that Madrid would do business were the price right.

    UPDATE: Manuel Pellegrini, via The Mirror, is lining up a £30 million bid to bring Di Maria to Manchester City. The Chilean is a big fan of wingers and, having already signed Jesus Navas is now keen on bringing in the Argentinian tool

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Higuain to Flee the Nest

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    Juventus are the latest club said to be ready and waiting to sign Gonzalo Higuain.

    Latest reports (via include full-back Stephan Lichtsteiner in a move to take the Argentinian forward to Italy.

    The Swiss right-back is said to be admired by Carlo Ancelotti.

    Higuain has been heavily rumored to be heading to England too, with several clubs touted as admirers.

    Having been alerted to his availability, Tottenham, Arsenal and Manchester City are all understood to be interested (via The Daily Mail)

    UPDATE: Higuain's muted goal celebrations after scoring against Real Sociedad could prove poignant, according to MARCAThey say that discussions to join Juventus have taken massive strides this past week, and suggest the strike could be the Argentinian striker's "last hurrah."

    UPDATE: AS have reported that is is now 70 percent likely that Higuain will be at Juve next season. Ernesto Bronzetti, the man running the deal, has said there is no doubt that the Argentinian will leave as he "has expressly asked to go." 

    UPDATE: "I'm leaving, I need a change of scenery," said Higuain after Madrid's win against Osasuna (via MARCA). Los Blancos are said to be unhappy with these comments, as it could make them weaker in transfer negotiations, but the ball is well and truly rolling for the Argentinian's departure now.

    UPDATE: MARCA have suggested that the deal between Juventus and Madrid for Higuain is on hold, as they wait for the Spanish club to line up a new manager. Meanwhile, via The Daily Mail, Arsenal remain in the running to sign the striker.

    ---LAST UPDATED: Monday, 10 June 0800 ET---

New Contract for Ronaldo?

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    The Daily Mail reported recently that Cristiano Ronaldo was a likely candidate to join Jose Mourinho in London this summer.

    Chelsea, they suggested, were set to engage in a bidding war with Manchester United to bring the 28-year-old back to England.

    Those reports have been rubbished, though.

    Florentino Perez, reported The Mirror, is adamant that Madrid's star player will not leave the Spanish capital this summer.

    The same article suggested that Michael Essien, who will return from his loan to Chelsea this summer, will compete for his place under Mourinho at Stamford Bridge.

    UPDATE: Perez and Ronaldo are in discussions over a new, improved deal according to MARCA, as Madrid look to kill interest in their prize asset.

    Los Blancos want to increase his salary from 10 million euros to 14 million, but it's been suggested other parties would be prepared to pay a salary as high at 60 million euros. Madrid fans will want to see him tied down to a new deal as soon as possible.

    Manchester United, Manchester City, PSG and Monaco are said to be the sides fighting for his signature (via AS).

    UPDATE: Florentino Perez, speaking to MARCA, via The Guardian, has put out any fires which continue to link Ronaldo with a move away from los Blancos:

    "My aim, Cristiano's aim, and the aim of all Real Madrid fans is that he carries on here for many years to come. And when so many people want the same thing then it usually happens. I want it, Real Madrid want it, the player wants it – without a shadow of a doubt."


    ---LAST UPDATE: Friday, June 07 at 0800 ET--- 

Pepe to Manchester City?

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    Real's Portuguese central defender Pepe is said to be a target for Manchester City in the Premier League.

    Marca are reporting that Pepe is the first-choice signing of supposed incoming City boss Manuel Pellegrini, who the article also indicates has been undertaking preliminary work for the club for the past two weeks. Pepe worked under Pellegrini when the coach was in charge of Real Madrid.

    There are two potential barriers to the transfer. First, Real are expected to ask for a whopping €25 million to sell their 30-year-old defender, with him having three years remaining on his contract and despite not always being a first pick this season.

    The second issue is that his future will be decided by any incoming manager, with Jose Mourinho expected to be departing over the summer.

    UPDATE: As revealed in the Angel di Maria slide, Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Pepe.

    Florentino Perez has emphatically told the English club that his Portuguese defender is "not for sale" (via The Express).


    ---LAST UPDATE: Friday, June 07 at 0800 ET--- 

Dani Carvajal to Return to Spain

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    CONFIRMED: Bayer Leverkusen's official website has confirmed that Dani Carval will return to Real Madrid this summer for a fee of 6.5 million euros.


    Florentino Perez, speaking to radio station Cadena Ser, has said that he fully expects right-back Dani Carvajal to re-join Real Madrid this summer:

    “I think that Carvajal will come. He’s one of us. He laid the first stone of the current training complex.”

    The 21-year-old has been a revelation for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga this season, but now seems set to return to Spain as Madrid exercise their right to buy him back.

    And he seems unlikely to turn down the opportunity to return to the club where he spent 10 years, if his words in a recent interview with MARCA are anything to go by:

    "I have faith in myself and I feel ready to go back to Real" 

    For more information on Carvajal, head here.


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Carvalho's Played His Last Game

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    It will come as little surprise to learn that Ricard Carvalho has played his last game in the white of Real Madrid.

    The Portuguese defender will play for Monaco in the French league next season (via MARCA).

    Jose Mourinho handed him a start in the weekend's win over Osasuna, and he admitted it was difficult knowing it was his last appearance for Los Blancos:

    "Every ball I touched, every step I made, I knew it was the last, so it was a bit of a difficult feeling. But I want to thank the fans and hopefully they will remember me as a professional who always wanted to give my best to help everyone. It has been a pleasure to play here."


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Luis Suarez to Ditch Liverpool?

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    Liverpool's controversial forward Luis Suarez is the latest big-name transfer target to be linked with Real Madrid.

    As controversial as he is though, the 26-year-old is equally as talented.

    The Sun report that Los Blancos have already been in contact with Suarez's agent Pere Guardiola, Pep's brother, over a £40 million bid.

    "Luis is not for sale" is the party line from Liverpool.

    However, if Madrid's interest is indeed real, it wouldn't be hard to make a case for why they Uruguayan would want to move to the Bernabeu.

    They could offer him his native tongue, but more importantly Champions League football.

    UPDATE: Things have taken a big step forward in the future of Luis Suarez this week. He has spoken out on Uruguayan radio (via MARCA), suggesting he has grown tired with the English press and that he is ready to leave Liverpool.

    MARCA have followed that up by stating that deal at his £40 million release fee has been struck.

    UPDATE: AS [via The Sunday Times] suggest that Real Madrid will offer 46 million euros for Suarez, which should be enough to secure his services.


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Tevez the New Name in 'Operation 9'

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    It seems certain that Real Madrid will sign a new front man this summer, and now there is a new name to consider.

    MARCA have suggested that Manchester City's Carlos Tevez is the latest forward to become embroiled in what is known as 'Operation 9' in the Spanish capital.

    The story states that as Tevez has just one year left on his deal, the Manchester club are willing to cash in on him when the window opens.

    At 29, he's probably not a top priority (see Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and others) and his wages are likely to prove costly.


    ---LAST UPDATED: Friday, 31 May 0800 ET---

Casemiro First Summer Signing

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    Real Madrid have moved to make the loan of Brazilian Casemiro a permanent deal ahead of their July 5 deadline to make a decision.

    MARCA report that the 21-year-old, a defensive midfielder who has played largely for the B team this season, will sign a five-year deal.

    Sao Paulo, Casemiro's current club in Brazil, are expected to receive almost €6 million in a series of installments.

    It is thought he will go into the first team squad ahead of next season.


    ---LAST UPDATED: Monday, 27 May 0900 ET---

Madrid Left-Back to Join Monaco's Millions?

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    It looks set to be a busy, and expensive, summer for newly promoted Ligue Un side Monaco.

    They've already forked out for Porto's Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez, and look likely to clinch the signing of Radamel Falcao from Atletico Madrid.

    Now it seems they've turned to signing some defenders, with one of Real Madrid's high up their list.

    Fabio Coentrao, according to Madrid-based AS, is close to securing a $20 million move to Caludio Ranieri's side.

    Jorge Mendes, Coentrao's agent, has already overseen the Moutinho and Rodriguez deals, while he also acts for Falcao.

    Based on that, this transfer seems to have some legs.



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Or Perhaps Suarez's International Colleague?

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    Napoli's Edinson Cavani is due to flee Italy this summer, but it is not yet completely clear where his future lies.

    The Sun suggested it could become a two way tug-of-war between Real Madrid and Manchester City to win the striker's signature.

    Cavani plays for Uruguay with Luis Suarez, and it will be interesting to see whether Los Blancos' interest is in one, both or neither of the front men.

    In Spain, MARCA have reported comments attributed to the player's father that suggest it is La Liga where the 26-year-old would prefer to move:

    "This is a business and I think his future will be in Spain."


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Talks Begin over Isco?

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    Madrid-based newspaper AS tweeted on Monday night (CET) that Real Madrid and Malaga have begun talks over the future of Isco. 

    The 21-year-old is expected to move on this summer as his club look to balance their finances.

    With Malaga's manager Manuel Pellegrini expected to become the new manager of Manchester City, it was thought that the attacking midfielder would follow him to England.

    TalkSport have picked up on the AS story too, and are suggesting that Los Blancos are set to rival City all the way for the talented youngster's signature.


    UPDATE: Despite all the furor surrounding his future, Isco has remained coy ahead of what will likely be his final game for Malaga, against Barcelona, this weekend.

    "Nobody knows my future," he told MARCA. "Time will tell what happens."


    ---LAST UPDATE: Monday, May 27 at 0900 ET--- 

Neymar Still Linked to Madrid

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    It might feel like Neymar signed for Barcelona when Josep Guardiola was still manager, but he's actually still a Santos player.

    But while he's still in Brazil, the press in Madrid will continue to link him with a move to Real.

    MARCA have today reported that Los Blancos have tabled an offer of €100m to all four of his owners (Santos, Grupo Sonda, Teisa and the footballer's father).

    The chances of him moving to the Spanish capital seem unlikely, but the rumors will persist while he remains available.


    UPDATE: Neymar has now officially signed for FC Barcelona.


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Sergio Aguero a Target

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    Spanish daily AS is, on Wednesday morning, reporting that Real Madrid are interested in bringing Sergio Aguero back to the Spanish capital.

    The Argentinian forward enjoyed a hugely successful spell with Atletico Madrid before joining Manchester City two summers ago.

    The story is run via The Times, in England, and suggests Madrid's interest has returned because Aguero is unhappy with life in the UK.

    It carries an old quote from the striker in reference to a move to Los Blancos:

    “If Real had made an offer for me, I would be there now.”

    Real Madrid are also in talks with Napoli's Edinson Cavani according to the same report. 


    ---LAST UPDATED: Wednesday, 22 May 0600 ET--- 

Lewandowski to Lead the Line

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    Karim Benzema and Gonzalo Higuain's faltering campaigns have opened the door for a possible big name No. 9 signing this summer at the Bernabeu.

    If that is to be the case, who better than the man who ended this season's hopes of La Decima?

    Robert Lewandowski.

    Cadena SER (via AS) have reported that Borussia Dortmund president Reinhard Rauball has already met with Real Madrid to sound out a move.

    Despite Dortmund's success this season it is expected their best players would still be open to moves across Europe, and, if that's to be the case, they'd rather see Lewandowski move to Madrid than end up at Bayern Munich. 


    ---LAST UPDATED: Tuesday, 21 May 1400 ET--- 

Los Blancos Target David Luiz?

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    With Pepe's apparent impending departure, there will be a defensive hole in the Real squad—and David Luiz is apparently the man to fill it.

    AS are reporting that Real Madrid might pay up to €35 million to prise Luiz away from Chelsea, where he has just been part of the team that won the UEFA Europa League.

    One rather large stumbling block might be Jose Mourinho. The manager seems to be heading out of Real and into Chelsea and is not likely to make the transfer a particularly easy one for his soon-to-be former employers


    ---LAST UPDATE: Tuesday, May 21 at 0800 ET---