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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 6, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6

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    January madness is upon us. We know the drill.

    For one month in the middle of the season, clubs are allowed to sign and sell players in the hopes 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, Jan. 9

Morata Rumours Resurface

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    Thursday, Jan. 9

    It had all gone quiet on the Alvaro Morata front recently. Until now.

    The Daily Mail are once again reporting that Arsene Wenger maintains an interest in bringing the young striker to Arsenal.

    However it s thought Los Blancos are only willing to let him go if the Gunners stump up a £1.7 million loan fee to secure Morata's services until the end of the season.

    The Spain U-21 international has been edged out of minutes by Jese Rodriguez recently, and a loan move would seemingly suit all three parties.

Alonso Renews!

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    Thursday, Jan. 9

    Real Madrid fans celebrate now: Xabi Alonso has committed his future to the club.

    On Wednesday evening news broke of the midfielder's contract renewal, as reported here by Sky Sports, as months of doubt surrounding where he would be next summer came to an end.

    The deal runs until 2016, with the option of a further year inserted.

    "This will continue to be my home for two more years. I am very happy to tell you. Come on Madrid!" Alonso tweeted on Wednesday.

Fabio Coentrao

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    Tuesday, Jan. 7

    Conflicting reports surrounding the future of Fabio Coentrao are coming out of England.

    Jamie Jackson, writing in The Guardian, suggests that Manchester United and David Moyes are set to miss out on the Portuguese left-back for the second transfer window running:

    "Coentrao has agreed a deal to join United but the champions may miss out on the left-back for a second consecutive window as Real do not want to sell any players during January."

    However The Mirror suggest he could be available:

    "[Coentrao's] agent, Jorge Mendes, has been trying to discover whether David Moyes is interested in a deal that would cost the champions £12million."

    Whatever happens, it seems unlikely the 25-year-old will remain in the Spanish capital beyond the summer.

PSG Not in for Ronaldo

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    Tuesday, Jan. 7

    The chairman of PSG, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has denied that the French club are keen on acquiring the services of Cristiano Ronaldo.

    Football-espana.net carry the quotes where he refutes the rumour:

    "Ronaldo is a huge player we respect a lot. But he is under contract at Real Madrid, who I respect a lot too. The day I really want a Real player, believe me I will know to talk to [President] Florentino Perez. It is not the case so far."

    Even if the Ligue 1 side were interested, Ronaldo has only just penned a new deal at the Bernabeu.

Madrid to Pay Suarez's Release Clause?

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    Monday, Jan. 6

    According to Danny Griffiths of Metro, Luis Suarez's new Liverpool contract contains a release clause of £70 million.

    The paper speculates that the Reds wanted to add a £100 million buyout clause, but they were advised it was excessive by the Uruguayan's representatives.

    It means Real Madrid could sign the forward in the summer for less than they forked out for Gareth Bale.

    Los Blancos, the report continues, could therefore be tempted to buy Suarez out of his contract, although much may depend on if Liverpool can achieve Champions League qualification.

Last-Ditch Bid for Lewandowski

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    Monday, Jan. 6

    Robert Lewandowski dotted the I's and crossed the T's on his move to Bayern Munich this weekend, but Der Spiegel (h/t Marca) have claimed that Real Madrid tried to sign the Borussia Dortmund striker.

    The German paper says that Florentino Perez assigned lawyer Colin Pomford with the task of bringing the Poland international to the Bernabeu.

    It is reported that Pomford offered Lewandowski a salary of €9.5 million plus a €10 million signing-on fee, while the intermediaries would take €14 million.

    However, it wasn't to be, and the striker will move to Pep Guardiola's Bayern next season.

Alonso Latest

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    Monday, Jan. 6

    Talking to Fuera de Serie Magazine (h/t Marca), Xabi Alonso has given a glimpse into his life at Real Madrid.

    He spoke about the demands of playing for a club with such a stature, perhaps revealing why he is having doubts over committing to a new deal:

    "You’re constantly in the public eye. The pressure, the demands and the responsibility are far greater here. You have to be very conscious of all this to live up to expectations and be liked by the Bernabéu faithful."

    According to Cadena SER's El Carrusel Deportivo program (h/t InsideSpanishFootball), Madrid will offer Alonso a new two-year deal this week.

Madrid Interested in Pogba?

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    Monday, Jan. 6

    Arrigo Sacchi has warned Paul Pogba against leaving Juventus any time soon.

    The legendary Italian coach was talking to Tuttosport (h/t football-espana) amid reports that Barcelona and Real Madrid are both interested in the French midfielder:

    "When you are feeling well at a club you should not leave, because €1m more or less doesn't make someone richer or poorer.

    “A player should primarily think about his career and there are plenty of instances of big players switching clubs for higher wages then flopping with their new team.”

    Pogba joined Juventus from Manchester United and was named the winner of the prestigious Golden Boy award last seasonLionel Messi, Mario Balotelli and Wayne Rooney are former winners.

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