Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 14
Rarely does a quiet summer go by in Madrid. A World Cup summer, history tells us, isn’t likely to be any different.
Ronaldo arrived in the shadow of the 2002 World Cup, Mahamadou Diarra and Fernando Gago arrived four years later, while Angel di Maria was added for almost £30 million in the summer of 2010.
This article, updated throughout the week, will keep you up to date with all the latest Real Madrid transfer news and rumours. Check back over the coming seven days to find the most recent information on Los Blancos' potential summer business.
Who could arrive or depart the club during this World Cup summer?
Updated: Wednesday April 16
Casemiro to Arsenal?
Wednesday 16th April
Despite the defensive midfielder’s reported “poor work ethic in training”, Arsene Wenger is said to be attracted by his qualities and his potential in the heart of the midfield.
The 22-year-old has largely struggled to hold down a place in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, but impressed enough when on loan and in the Castilla to earn a permanent contract at Madrid.
The midfielder brings energy, a desire to push forward and decent passing ability to the midfield and, in principle, he has the physical strength and presence to succeed in the Premier League.
Real Rival United for Carvalho
Tuesday 15th April
The Portuguese international, who looks set to travel to Brazil this summer as part of the Seleccao squad, has been tracked by David Moyes for several months.
Carvalho is one of several midfielders earmarked by the United manager as he prepares for a planned summer overhaul of his squad.
However, Cross suggests that Real have watched the player “three times in the past month and have made enquiries about him.” They apparently sent scouts to assess him in Sporting’s recent victory over Gil Vicente and might be set to make a move this summer.
Despite United’s undoubted lustre, the beleaguered Premier League side may well find it hard to recruit him.
Competition for Kroos
As reported on Friday in the Guardian, competition is hotting up for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos.
The German international is contracted to the Bavarian giants until 2015, but he has stalled over the signing of a new contract, opening the door to potential suitors.
Manchester United have made no secret of their intention to overhaul their midfield and have earmarked Kroos as an elite player who could help in the rebuilding process.
Cazorla Tempts Casillas to Arsenal
Saint Iker’s stay in Madrid has turned into a nightmare, with Diego Lopez preferred by both former manager Jose Mourinho and current boss Carlo Ancelotti for league competition.
Casillas has starred in the Champions League, but La Liga must feel like a distant memory for the World Cup-winning keeper.
Despite Arsene Wenger’s insistence that he retains faith in Wojciech Szczesny, Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail believes the Pole is deemed “untrustworthy in the bigger games.”
Meanwhile, Cazorla’s comments in Sport 360 (h/t Daily Mail) suggest Casillas might be on his way to solve Wenger’s concerns:
I’ve told him [I would like him to join Arsenal], but so far he has just been curious about my experience in England.
His situation is very complicated, but he has to make a decision.
Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal, but I think that it would be very difficult to leave Real Madrid because of what the club represents.
He knows what he has [at Madrid] and what he could find at another club.
Lopez Denies Real Departure
While Casillas’ immediate Real Madrid future is shrouded in mystery, that of his rival at the club, Diego Lopez, appears to have been made crystal clear by the player.
Speaking to SportYou (h/t Goal.com), the 32-year-old keeper has insisted that he is happy under Carlo Ancelotti and keen to stay at the club.
His comments come in light of rumours suggesting that he is unhappy with playing backup to Casillas during cup and continental games.
I have said many times, I have three years on my contract and I’ll only leave if they kick me out on my ass!
The rumours are a joke. I'll stay here. I'm very happy here and I will continue to fight for everything.