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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistFebruary 24, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of February 24

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    Real Madrid have not got time to think about the summer transfer market because they are too busy focusing on other things at the moment.

    The current incumbent of players moved three points clear at the top of La Liga this past weekend and are also through to the Copa del Rey final against Barcelona. Their Champions League campaign is in good shape, too.

    As Iker Casillas said, according to Marca, they're dreaming of a "historic first treble."

    Fortunately, the press aren't so single minded. Despite Madrid's success on the pitch, they still think there's room for improvement—or, in some cases perhaps, no room for current players in the squad.

    The following slides will keep you updated with what's being said about Madrid.

     

    Last update: Monday, Feb. 24

Thibaut Courtois

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    Monday, Feb. 24

    Carlo Ancelotti has rubbished the story that AS ran on their front cover on Friday, which suggested Thibaut Courtois was a summer target for Real Madrid.

    Per Football Espana:

    No, no. I think that we have two very good goalkeepers, so we don’t need another. Of course he’s a very good goalkeeper, but in this position we’re well covered.

    A further blow to AS' story came in the form of quotes from Jose Mourinho, who told a press conference that Chelsea are not worried about their ability to hold on to the Belgian international.

    Per Football Espana:

    We won't struggle to keep him. He has two more years of contract. When you want a player and the player has two more years of contract, it is easy to say that we have no problems.

    Courtois' future is still cause for debate, but the Bernabeu seems a long way away. 

Andrea Pirlo

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    Monday, Feb. 24

    Los Blancos are regularly rumoured to be monitoring the status of midfielders, and Andrea Pirlo is one name who has popped up in the past.

    The Juventus midfielder was managed by Carlo Ancelotti at AC Milan, but has denied suggestions he could be set to link up with his former boss in Spain.

    Pirlo told La Stampa (h/t Goal.com):

    "Real Madrid? I've never spoken to them. I talk with Carlo Ancelotti, but we talk about other things. I feel good here at Juventus."

    The 34-year-old would hardly fit in with the nature of Madrid's recent signings, who are young and mainly Spanish. 

Karim Benzema

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    Monday, Feb. 24

    According to Marca (h/t The Metro), Liverpool are lining up an audacious summer move for Karim Benzema.

    The Spanish paper says that the Anfield club have been approached by a third-party agent who has suggested the French international could be open to offers to leave Real Madrid at the end of the current season.

    A deal would surely hinge on the future of Luis Suarez, who may choose to stay with the Reds if they secure Champions League football.

    The Sunday People (h/t The Mirror) has also claimed Paris Saint-Germain could launch a £40 million bid for the striker this summer, too. 

Sergio Aguero

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    Monday, Feb. 24

    In case of any Karim Benzema exit, The Mirror are reporting that Real Madrid still maintain a healthy interest in Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero:

    If they decide to sell Benzema then Manchester City striker Aguero will be top of the Italian’s list of targets.

    Ancelotti has long been an admirer, however he knows City will not want to part with one of their most important players and he would face a real battle to prise the Argentinian from the Etihad.

    Los Blancos have wanted to sign Aguero for a while now, but the fact he was playing for Atletico Madrid before his move to City prevented them from ever being genuine candidates for his signature.

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