Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 2, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of March 31

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    The transfer market was taking second stage to the Champions League this week—and rightfully so—until FIFA slapped a two-window ban down on Barcelona.

    Still, that doesn’t affect Real Madrid's short-term future, and their main aim at the moment is to continue competing for all three trophies they are still in the hunt for.

    However, with each defeat and with each rumble of discontent, there are bound to be stories about players heading in and players heading out of the Bernabeu.

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


    Last update: Wednesday, Apr. 02 

Carlo Ancelotti

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    Wednesday, Apr. 02

    According to The Guardian in England, Carlo Ancelotti is on a four-man shortlist for the Manchester United job—if it becomes available this summer, that is.

    David Moyes has been under a lot of pressure, and United look set to miss out on Champions League qualification under the Scot. That is, unless they can somehow manage to overcome Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena and go on to win the competition.

    Diego Simeone, Jurgen Klopp and Louis van Gaal are also on the proposed shortlist.

    Ancelotti doesn’t seem set to leave Madrid any time soon, but stranger things have happened in the Spanish capital. If he does decide to look for a new job, United wouldn’t be a bad home.

    It’s all very unlikely, though. 

Diego Lopez

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    Wednesday, Apr. 02

    There has been a lot of speculation over the future of Diego Lopez at the Bernabeu, but his agent insists he is going nowhere this summer.

    Despite rumoured interest from Napoli, agent Manuel Garcia Quilon told Calcio Mercato (via Football Espana) that the goalkeeper is not interested in leaving Real Madrid:

    Diego has a strong personality. He is calm and focused on his job. I have not spoken to anyone, not Milan, not Napoli. As things stand I believe that Diego Lopez will stay at Real Madrid next season.

    It might not be worth wagering any money on Lopez’s future just yet, though. 

Thibaut Courtois

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    Wednesday, Apr. 02

    He put in another eye-catching performance at Camp Nou on Tuesday night, but this week Thibaut Courtois has once again claimed that any stories linking him with a move to Real Madrid have been fabricated.

    Speaking to Castilla-La Mancha TV (via Football Espana), he said his future will lie with Chelsea or Atletico Madrid:

    If the rumours [about Real Madrid] are not true, they are not true. The one thing I have always said is thisit is Atletico or Chelsea. I am very happy to be with Atleti, my desire is to play here and if I cant do that at Chelsea I can continue here.

    The Belgian is currently spending his third season on loan at the Vicente Calderon. 

Ilkay Gundogan

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    Wednesday, Apr. 02

    Ilkay Gundogan will be offered a new contract by Borussia Dortmund, according to The Express, despite spending the whole season sidelined with a back injury.

    The story credits Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United and Arsenal with an interest in the 23-year-old midfielder, but says they will all miss out on him as the German club look to tie him down to a new deal before this summer’s World Cup.

    “We have submitted a contract offer to Ilkay and expect to hear from him about it,” Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said. 

Paul Pogba

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    Wednesday, Apr. 02

    Juventus’ Paul Pogba has been the subject of much adulation from Europe’s biggest clubs this season.

    Real Madrid, Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are rumoured to have the most interest in him, but his agent has said that the French international won’t think about his future until after the World Cup.

    Talking to Tuttosport (via Football Espana), Mino Raiola said Pogba is concentrating on Juve for now:

    Right now he is just thinking about playing, focusing on Seria and the Europa League. Nothing in the pot is boiling. Until after the Brazil we will not move a leaf. We have decided to postpone any type of negotiation until after. If one day a crazy offer arrived for him and for Juve, well, it would be assessed together. That is to saya crazy bid from Real Madrid, rather than another top European club.

    There was nothing particularly concrete in Raiola’s quotes, but he certainly did very little to dismiss a future move for his client to the Spanish capital.