Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 25, 2013

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

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    As we head towards December, we're only really edging closer to January.

    And we all know what January brings.

    For one month in the middle of the season, clubs are allowed to sign and sell players in hope of improving their squads for a relegation battle, a title tilt or just because they can.

    Real Madrid are no different, and the regularity with which rumours appear in the media about who Madrid may sign and sell will begin to increase now.

    The following slides will keep you in check with who's saying what.

    —LAST UPDATE: Sunday, December 1—

Scottish Wonder Kid on the Radar

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    Sunday, December 1

    Following the success of Gareth Bale in Spain so far, Real Madrid could be about to add another Briton to their ranks too.

    Young Dundee United midfielder, Ryan Gauld, is the man in question.

    The 17-year-old is already a Scotland U21 international, and The Mirror say Manchester United are preparing a bid for his services.

    However the story also states that Madrid are monitoring Gauld's situation.

Ramos Silences Rumours

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    Sunday, December 1

    Following rumours (see the following slides) surrounding Sergio Ramos' future at Real Madrid, the Spanish defender took the opportunity to speak to the press after Real Madrid's win over Real Valladolid to clarify the situation.

    According to football-espana, he told reporters about his relationship with Florentino Perez:

    "I’ve always had a wonderful relationship with the President. I’ve had differences with the President the same way I do with my father or someone in my family.

    "They’re differences that are kept between the two of us. I wanted to give him [my shirt after the game]. One doesn’t forget who brought him to Real Madrid."

    Ramos was also asked about the possibility of leaving the Bernabeu:

    "I have a contract for three years and I’m not thinking about leaving. I’m with the best club in the world, I feel privileged to be here and I’d retire here if it were up to me."


Big Bid for Aguero?

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    Sunday, December 1

    The press in England on Sunday morning are once again tipping Real Madrid to make a move for Sergio Aguero.

    Florentino Perez held talks with Sheikh Mansour this past week and, according to The Metro, The Sun say that top of Perez's list was registering his interest in the Argentinian striker.

    Any potential deal could be £48 million, although it would be more likely to happen next summer rather than in January.

    Aguero has been in sensational form so far this season, registering 16 goals in all competitions for City.

Man City to Swoop for Ramos?

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    Saturday, November 30

    Following this week's story in Spain (see the next slide) that the relationship between Sergio Ramos and Florentino Perez has deteriorated, the rumour mill has started churning.

    Writing in The Mirror, John Cross suggests Chelsea and Manchester City will battle for his signature.

    Ramos has previously played under the managers of both clubs before.

    Jose Mourinho left Real Madrid in the summer, having succeeded Manuel Pellegrini when he arrived from Inter Milan.

    According to football-espana though, Carlo Ancelotti has ruled out the idea of a move:

    "He’s one of the strongest central defenders in the world and we need to keep him."


Perez to Sell Ramos?

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    Friday, November 29

    According to ESPN, Spanish radio show El Larguero have claimed that Sergio Ramos' relationship with Florentino Perez has broken down.

    They say that issues between the two date back into last season.

    And what is more they say that Perez could now be prepared to sell Ramoseven to Barcelona.

    Ramos has a contratc until 2017 and it is highly unlikely he will leave in January but, as with the Iker Casillas situation, it's one to keep an eye on.


North London Battle for Morata

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    Friday, November 29

    After seemingly falling below Jese Rodriguez in Carlo Ancelotti's pecking order, Alvaro Morata is being linked with a January move to England.

    The Daily Mail say Arsenal are being kept up-to-date on the availability of the 21-year-old forward.

    Tottenham are also interested in securing Morata, the story continues, who may be allowed to leave on loan when the window opens in January.

    Morata has scored twice in 11 appearances for Los Blancos this season.

Coentrao to Chelsea?

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    Friday, November 29

    Matt Barlow of The Daily Mail has suggested that Jose Mourinho could return to Real Madrid in January to take Fabio Coentrao on loan.

    The Portuguese left-back worked with Mourinho at Los Blancos, and both men have the same agent: Jorge Mendes.

    Chelsea would, the report continues, look for an option to sign Coentrao if he took to English football.

Moyes Keen on Di Maria

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    Wednesday, November 27

    According to The Daily Star, David Moyes is set to kick off an attempted January spending spree by bidding for Real Madrid's Angel di Maria.

    The Argentinian winger has found starts difficult to come by since Gareth Bale returned to fitness, but it is unlikely Carlo Ancelotti would be ready to sell him before the end of the season.

    Ian McCourt also runs talk of Di Maria to Manchester United in his rumour mill column on The Guardian.

Spanish Paper Goes Big on Casillas to Man City

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    Tuesday, November 26

    The cover of Spanish newspaper splashed big on Tuesday with reports of Manchester City upping their interest in Iker Casillas:

    La Portada de AS: 'El City quiere a Casillas'

    — AS (@diarioas) November 26, 2013

    City's manager, Manuel Pellegrini, worked with Casillas during his time at Madrid, and rumour continue to persist that he's fed up with the form of England international Joe Hart.

    Casillas would be the perfect replacement, but would he be prepared to leave Los Blancos when push comes to shove?

Coentrao England Bound?

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    Tuesday, November 26

    Tottenham may reignite their interest in left back Fabio Coentrao in the January transfer window according to ESPN.

    The London club have been forced to play Jan Vertoghen as their left full back for large chunks of the season so far, meaning Coentrao could be just what they need.

    Meanwhile, The Daily Mail suggest that Manchester United could rival Spurs for the Portuguese international's signature.

Wenger Still Fancies Benzema

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    Monday, November 25

    After swooping for Mesut Ozil in the summer, Arsene Wenger continues to be linked with a return to Real Madrid for Karim Benzema in January.

    FIFA agent Francois Gallardo told Punta Pelota that Wenger is "obsessed" with signing his compatriot, according to The Express, while suggesting the Frenchman has his sights on Raphael Varane as well.

    However, The Daily Star say the opposite, suggesting Wenger will not move for Benzema this summer and quoting the Arsenal manager in the process:

    On the prospect of Benzema joining his France team-mate Olivier Giroud at the Emirates, Wenger said: "I don't think that's a good idea."

    With Benzema back in form at the Bernabeu, a January move does seem less likely than it did two months ago. 

Casillas Rumours Persist

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    Monday, November 25

    While Iker Casillas continues to sit on Real Madrid's bench in La Liga, rumours will continue to surround his future.

    First up, ahead of the opening of the window, is a link with Manchester City.

    El Confidencial (h/t TalkSport) say the 'keeper would consider a move to England, but that such a move would more likely come in the summer:

    The keeper is looking over his situation. He has ruled out an immediate exit in the winter window, something he did think about last summer, when he first realised that nothing had changed and the bench would be his habitat every weekend.

    Arsenal is also mentioned as a possible destination in the article.