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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 17

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 17, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 17

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    With an eye on the summer, a few rumours are beginning to surface surrounding future squad changes at Real Madrid.

    There seems to be a focus on midfielders—both in and out—while there are a couple of contract situations the club will also be keen to tie up.

    It’s unlikely Carlo Ancelotti will be too actively pursuing targets just yet, with Los Blancos still fighting on three fronts, but that doesn’t restrict the amount of transfer stories which leak out.

    The following slides will keep you up to date with all things Madridsta in the European press.

    Last update: Friday, Feb. 22 

Thibaut Courtois

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    Yves Logghe/Associated Press

    Friday, Feb. 21

    The front page of Madrid newspaper AS rung out with stories of a Real Madrid making a sensational swoop for Thibaut Courtois.

    According to the story, Los Blancos have already started negotiating for the goalkeeper:

    Atletico owners Miguel Angel Gil Marín and Enrique Cerezo are aware that Los Blancos have begun work on the signing of Courtois, and are not happy about their city rivals' intentions.

    Madrid chiefs Florentino Perez and Jose Ángel Sanchez have maintained an excellent relationship with Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, who would have no issues about negotiating a transfer with his former club.

    Courtois has been on loan at Atletico Madrid from Chelsea for nearly three years now and his future is certain to cause a stir this summer.

Isco

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    Gabriel Pecot/Associated Press

    Friday, Feb. 21

    Manchester City failed to land Isco last summer, the youngster instead choosing to stay in Spain and move to Real Madrid.

    However the story might not end there.

    Marca (h/t football-espana) are suggesting that the English side could return with a bid for the midfielder, who is currently struggling to get into Carlo Ancelotti's side, this summer.

    Manuel Pellegrini had Isco in his Malaga side, but would reportedly face stiff competition from AC Milan for his signature.

Ilkay Gundogan

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    Frank Augstein/Associated Press

    Monday, Feb. 17

    Real Madrid are continuing to monitor the fitness of Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan.

    Marca (in Spanish) continue to report that Los Blancos have first option on the German international. However, as he has remained injured for longer than expected, they may decide to withdraw from any potential deal.

    A chronic back problem has kept the 23-year-old out of action for pretty much the whole campaign. 

Benzema's Contract

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    Gabriel Pecot/Associated Press

    Monday, Feb. 17

    Karim Benzema’s goal against Getafe on Sunday was his 14th in La Liga this season—his best total after 24 games since he arrived at the club.

    It’s that sort of form which has made his contract situation a priority.

    The Frenchman’s current deal runs until the summer of 2015. However, Marca have reported that talks between the player and the club have convened recently with a view to extending that. 

Arturo Vidal

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    Monday, Feb. 17

    Marca (in Spanish) have suggested that Carlo Ancelotti maintains a healthy interest in Arturo Vidal.

    The Italian apparently wanted to sign the Juventus midfielder last summer, but the arrival of Asier Illarramendi and a pre-agreement with Ilkay Gundogan supposedly made any potential deal hard to complete.

    In any case, Ancelotti could be set to go back in for the Chilean international this summer—although it will take a hefty bid to force Juve’s hand.

    Meanwhile, The Mirror indicate Manchester United will rival Madrid for his signature. 

Sami Khedira

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    Monday, Feb. 17

    Tutto Mercato (h/t Football Espana) have claimed that Jose Mourinho tried to sign Sami Khedira when the Portuguese coach first arrived at Chelsea last summer.

    Reports have now resurfaced that Mourinho could try to tempt the 26-year-old again.

    The midfielder is currently out of action for the foreseeable future, having picked up an injury when on international duty. After turning the move down last year, it’s unknown if his view on a transfer to England will have changed.

    Khedira had been a regular starter under Carlo Ancelotti until his injury. 

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