Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 3

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 3

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    All is still quiet around the Santiago Bernabeu as talk of trophies replaces talk of transfers.

    Real Madrid have a one-point advantage over Barcelona with the season entering its final stretch, will be in next month’s Copa del Rey final and—but for a German miracle—will ease past Schalke in the Champions League.

    However, with pages to fill, there is still the odd snippet of information about what Los Blancos may or may not be looking to do this summer.

    The following slides will keep you up to date with any rumours surrounding Madrid.

    Last update: Friday, March 7 

Madrid Want Pogba

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    Friday, Mar. 7

    Real Madrid want to strengthen their midfield and Paul Pogba is their No. 1 target to do just that.

    Marca have reported that there is a unamanious feeling at the Spanish club that the Juventus and France midfielder is the man for Los Blancos:

    The Real board is fully convinced that he would be the best option for that position, given that no other player on the market has his potential at such a young age. At 20 years old, he is already first-choice at Juventus, which could make signing him even more complicated.

    Asier Illarramendi only arrived last summer, but it seems Madrid are prepared to spend more money building a midfield which could dominate over Europe for the next decade.

Alvaro Morata

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    Friday, Mar. 7

    Even before Jese Rodriguez started to attract more attention and play more minutes, there were three reasons Alvaro Morata was struggling to make an impact in the Real Madrid first team.

    Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema.

    Seemingly fifth in Carlo Ancelotti's pecking order, it's unsurprising he is being linked with a move elsewhere.

    Sky Sport Italia journalist Gianluca Di Marzio (h/t football-espana) has reported that both Inter Milan and Juventus want to sign the striker. 

Diego Lopez

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    Friday, Mar. 7

    Despite starting every league game for Real Madrid this season, Diego Lopez is being linked with a move away from the club.

    Italy is the possible destination.

    Tuttosport (h/t AS) have suggested AC Milan are lining up a summer move for the goalkeeper. 

    The same report in the Italian newspaper suggest that Tottenham may also make a bid to sign the 32-year-old at the end of the season.

Antoine Griezmann

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    Tuesday, Mar. 4

    Real Madrid are one of four clubs interested in signing Antoine Griezmann, according to reports in Spain.

    Catalan newspaper Diario Sport (h/t Football Espana) lists Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus and Arsenal as the other clubs that make up the quartet monitoring the forward’s availability.

    However, they go on to say it would cost around €30 million to secure his services.

    Griezmann has enjoyed a fantastic season with Real Sociedad so far. Only Diego Costa, Alexis Sanchez and Cristiano Ronaldo have scored more league goals than him.

    He is in the France squad for their friendly with Holland this week. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Tuesday, Mar. 4

    Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has told Spanish publication AS (h/t The Telegraph) that Real Madrid would have paid £150 million for Cristiano Ronaldo had the English club demanded it.

    I told David Gill to ask for £150 million. [Florentino] Perez would have paid it. ‘Don’t be silly,’ [Gill] said, ‘they will never pay that.’ Considering they signed Gareth Bale for £85 million, I believe they would have agreed to pay more for Cristiano.

    However, in the end, Ronaldo left for just £80 million.

    He has since gone on to justify almost every penny that Perez spent to ensure he arrived at the Bernabeu.

Arturo Vidal

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    Tuesday, Mar. 4

    Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has played down reports linking him with a move away from the Italian champions.

    The Chilean all-action midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, speaking at a school in Germany, he has dismissed those rumours as “ridiculous” (h/t AS).

    “I haven’t thought about (a move to Madrid or Barca). I want to win the title with Juventus and have a good World Cup.”

    Speculation is likely to continue about the 26-year-old’s future in Turin, though. 

Iker Casillas

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    Tuesday, Mar. 4

    In an interview with Melodia FM (h/t Marca), Iker Casillas has speculated on his Real Madrid future.

    “I can play until I’m 40. I’d love to be able to keep playing for Real Madrid until I’m 40, but a time will come when that is not possible. I will consider my future when my contract expires.”

    Casillas’ contract with Los Blancos runs until 2017. With his good form in the cups, it is looking increasingly like he could soon return to being Real Madrid’s outright No. 1. 

Sami Khedira

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    Tuesday, Mar. 4

    Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira has told the German Football Federation’s official website he will not rush himself back to fitness (h/t Football Espana):

    “I tend not to look too far ahead or think about the future. My daily routine consists of an intensive workout – that’s all that concerns me right now – not speculating when I might return.”

    Khedira, who was linked with a move to Chelsea by the Mirror, had been a staple in Carlo Ancelotti’s midfield until he got injured on international duty earlier this season.