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

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 24, 2014

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

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    It’s nigh on impossible to find transfer stories involving Real Madrid at the moment, with the Spanish press instead spending all their time analysing what proved to be a Clasico match with plenty to analyse.

    However, once the melee dies down, questions will evolve from "why did Barcelona get that penalty?" into "who’s at fault for the defeat and who do we replace him with?"

    If those questions do arrive, it could spark a flurry or rumours.

    As ever, wherever they are reported, these slides will be updated with the latest stories regarding outgoings and incomings at the Santiago Bernabeu.

    Last update: Friday, Mar. 28

Diego Lopez

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    Friday, Mar. 28

    More rumours have surfaced about the future of Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez.

    It has been reported in the Daily Mail, per football-espana, that Italian outfit AC Milan are keen to sign the 32-year-old this summer.

    Despite Lopez being Madrid’s first choice keeper in La Liga this season, the Spanish club, it is thought, would be willing to listen to offers for the former Villarreal and Sevilla player.

    His experience in Europe is said to be a key factor in Milan’s interest, who are likely to let Christian Abbiati leave when the season ends.

Luke Shaw

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    Friday, Mar. 28

    Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror says that Real Madrid “are ready to trump Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham” in the hunt for one of Southampton’s young English stars.

    Luke Shaw, 18, has been a revelation on the south coast for Mauricio Pochettino’s men this year, and he was recently rewarded with a call up to the England squad alongside colleagues Jay Rodriguez, Adam Lallana and Rickie Lambert.

    He’s already played 60 times for Southampton.

    Real Madrid’s interest is likely to spark a huge bidding war and with interest in Shaw seemingly more concrete in England, it’s questionable whether Los Blancos would be prepared to pay the amount it may take to sign him.

    If they did lure Shaw, he would become the second graduate from the Saints academy to arrive at the Bernabeu after Gareth Bale arrived last summer.

Marco Asensio

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    Friday, Mar. 28

    TalkSPORT, citing reports in Spain, say that Real Madrid are battling Manchester City for a teenage “sensation” from Segunda side Mallorca.

    Marco Asensio, who is 18, has made his mark at the island club this season and a host of European clubs are said to have been watching his progression throughout the year.

    Barcelona and Fiorentina are also reportedly keen.

    However the article says that Madrid don’t want to risk losing out on Asensio and will meet the players £3.3 million release clause in the summer to secure his signature.

Glen Johnson

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    Monday, Mar. 24

    Liverpool right-back Glen Johnson has emerged as a summer target for Real Madrid, according to John Percy in The Telegraph.

    While the Anfield club delay offering the England international a new contract, Percy suggests the Spanish giants are preparing to capitalise on the situation by offering £5 million for the 29-year-old.

    The article suggests that Carlo Ancelotti is beginning to have doubts over Alvaro Arbeloa, and that Johnson would arrive as competition for Dani Carvajal.

    Arsenal are also reported to be interested. 

Cristiano Ronaldo

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    Monday, Mar. 24

    Former Real Madrid president Ramon Calderon has told talkSPORT that he can see Cristiano Ronaldo returning to Manchester United at some point in his career:

    You never know, maybe at the end of his career he would like to go back to England and Manchester United, but I would like to see him end his career with Madrid. When I signed him he said that, for him, Manchester was his home. Everything in Manchester was perfect.

    Ronaldo only signed a new deal with Los Blancos last summer, so he is unlikely to be seeking a move at the end of the current season.

    However, you can never say never in football, and an Old Trafford return isn’t out of the question one day. 

Mattia De Sciglio

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    Monday, Mar. 24

    Italian sports newspaper Tuttosport (h/t Football Espana) has said that Real Madrid are lining up a move for AC Milan full-back Mattia De Sciglio.

    The 21-year-old, who is already a full international with the Italian national side, is thought to be available for a fee of around €18 million and would serve as a direct replacement for Fabio Coentrao.

    Milan have been knocked out of the Champions League and are languishing in mid-table in Serie A, so it would be understandable if De Sciglio wanted to leave the San Siro. 

Angel Di Maria

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    Monday, Mar. 24

    There have been few better players for Real Madrid recently than Angel di Mariaparticularly in Sunday night’s Clasicobut still rumours persist over the Argentine’s long-term future at the Bernabeu.

    Recent reports in Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo (h/t Football Espana) said that Carlo Ancelotti wants to retain the 26-year-old, but the board would rather flog him.

    Juventus are one club mentioned in the story as a possible suitor.

    After Di Maria’s performance against Barcelona, maybe the board will come round to Ancelotti’s way of thinking.