Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 2

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 2, 2013

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 2

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    Now we're into December, it won't be long until January madness descends upon us.

    We know the drill.

    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: Thursday, December 5—  

Luis Suarez Interest Heating Up

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    Thursday, December 5

    According to Martin del Palacio of the London Evening Standard, Luis Suarez, not Sergio Aguero, is the man Real Madrid want as their No. 9:

    "High ranking Real Madrid officials are now speaking openly about how convinced they are that Suarez will swap Merseyside for Madrid and are not ruling out a bid in January, although a summer move - tied up before Suarez flies to Brazil before the World Cup - is deemed more likely."

    The Uruguayan scored four goals on Wednesday night against Norwich as Liverpool maintained their pace with the top four in the Premier League.

    However, as Del Palacio writes, a summer move seems more obvious.

More on Morata

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    Thursday, December 5

    First Arsene Wenger, then Alvaro Morata and now Real Madrid have denied any talk of the young Spanish striker going on loan to Arsenal in January.

    Marca said on Thursday that "Real Madrid flatly denied that the striker will be loaned to the London club in the upcoming winter transfer window."

    Despite that, it is still thought in the Spanish capital that one of Morata or Jese Rodriguez could be up for grabs in the transfer window.

Madrid Keen on Dortmund Star?

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    Thursday, December 5

    Catalan newspaper Sport (h/t InsideSpanishFootball) are suggesting that Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan has already agrred a deal with Real Madrid

    The story comes as Gundogan stalls on the German club's contract offer.

    It's prompted Dortmund to believe that their midfielder, who has a deal until 2015, has already agrred a deal with Los Blancos.

    From their figures get murky.

    Dortmund want around €30 million for their player, but the fact Madrid still own Nuri Sahin could eventually lower the cost.

    Either way, it's perhaps another one for the summer as opposed to January.

The Next Zlatan

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    Thursday, December 5

    Real Madrid are thought to maintain an interest in a teenager The Mirror have dubbed "the next Zlatan Ibrahimovic."

    However it seems Liverpool are more likely to sign Valmir Berisha.

    The 17-year-old Halmstads' player is on the radar of a host of other European clubs but, despite being a Los Blancos fan, prefers a move to England:

    “There is Real Madrid now, the club of my dreams. I am keen to go there, but I think I will turn it down, unfortunately. The most important is the football education, I believe England would be the best option."

Jese to Sevilla?

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    Wednesday, December 4

    According to Marca (h/t football-espana) Real Madrid are interested in sending Jese Rodriguez on loan to Sevilla in January.

    The Madrid-based paper say Madrid and Sevilla, who showed an interest in the summer, could both be keen to see the deal go through.

    Jese has been on the fringes of the first team this season, scoring off the bench against Barcelona.


Ramos Going Nowhere

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    Wednesday, December 4

    Following last week's suggestions that Sergio Ramos may be able to leave the club due to a falling out with Florentino Perez, Carlo Ancelotti has spoken out:

    "I talked a lot with the president and I have never talked about selling Ramos," he said to AS (h/t The Express).

    "He is one of the best players in the world and we need to have him."

    So, not that is ever seemed particularly likely, but Ramos is going nowhere for now. 



Morata Watch

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    Wednesday, December 4

    After Arsene Wenger refused to indulge in transfer speculation regarding Alvaro Morata yesterday (see later slides), the young forward has skirted around the question too.

    "I only think about succeeding at Real Madrid," he told AS (h/t The Daily Star).

    "Every day I work hard to earn myself a place in the team, but I know that I have had the support of [coach Carlo] Ancelotti since the first day that he came here."

    Something suggests these comments won't be the last in this transfer saga though.


Casemiro Not Available

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    Wednesday, December 4

    Real Madrid's young Brazilian midfielder Casemiro will not be allowed to leave on loan in January.

    Reports suggested Real Sociedad maintained an interest, but have said otherwise:

    "Reports are that as a result of Sami Khedira’s similar long-term injury since inflicted, Madrid have determined that Casemiro cannot leave on loan or for a fee in January, as he is needed."

The Future of Di Maria

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    Tuesday, December 3

    According to El Confidencial (h/t The Express) Angel di Maria has began to grown increasingly frustrated with life at Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti.

    So much so, they have suggested he's instructed his agent, Jorge Mendes, to find him another club.

    And it seems the early front runners for Di Maria's signature are Monaco, with the 25-year-old prepared to snub the advance of Manchester United in favour of a move to the French league.

    Mendes saw several of his clients, including Radamel Falcao, head to Monaco this past summer.


Morata Update

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    MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 30:  Alvaro Morata (R) of Real Madrid CF is tackled by Marc Valiente of Real Valladolid CF during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and Real Valladolid CF at Santiago Bernabeu stadium on November 30, 2013 in Madrid, Spain.
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    Tuesday, December 3

    Conflicting reports surfaced on Tuesday morning regarding the immediate future of Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

    Following on from the Onda Cero reports over the weekend (see the following slides), The Metro are citing further reports from Spain suggesting the 21-year-old has agreed a six month loan deal with Arsenal.

    However when questioned by the press on Tuesday, Arsene Wenger dismissed the rumour, via

    "There is no truth in that, that is all I can say. I have not been in touch with [Morata or Madrid]."

    Although we all know that managers aren't likely to just come out and admit interest in a striker, just in case that deal doesn't then come through.

Aguero Going Nowhere

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    Monday, December 2

    Last week, The Sun on Sunday (subscription required, h/t The Metro) linked Real Madrid with a big bid for Manchester City star Sergio Aguero.

    This week starts with a rebuttal of that rumour.

    The Mirror report on Monday morning that City manager Manuel Pellegrini is unmoved by the story:

    "I don't know anything about that [Real Madrid's interest]. I don't think Sergio wants to leave. That is not a problem for us. I don't believe in that."

    That's a lid on that one. For now. 

Morata's Arsenal Link Grows Stronger

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    Monday, December 2

    Over the weekend, Spanish radio station Onda Cero reported that Alvaro Morata is at an advanced stage of negotiations with Arsene Wenger over a move to Arsenal.

    They suggest that the young forward has agreed a loan move to the English club for January, pending Real Madrid's approval.

    Morata has largely featured from the bench this season, scoring two goals for Los Blancos.

    It is widely thought that either he or Jese Rodriguez will be allowed to leave on loan when the January window opens.