Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 28

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 28, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 28

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    Alberto Saiz

    On the pitch, things are going quite well for Real Madrid.

    They’ve already clinched the Copa del Rey and knocked Bayern Munich out of the Champions League at the semifinal stage this week.

    In the league, they’re still relying on a slip-up from Atletico Madrid if they want to get their hands on the Primera Division trophy, but they’re still, just about, hanging in there.

    Off the pitch, while the focus remains firmly on it, the wheels will be in motion with regards to possible incomings and outgoings this summer.

    The following slides will keep you in check with who’s saying what about possible transfers at the Bernabeu.

    Last update: Fri. 28 April

Karim Benzema

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    Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

    Friday, May 5

    Real Madid’s French forward, Karim Benzema, is a target for a host of Europe’s tops clubs, according to Simon Jones writing in the Daily Mail.

    Jones says that the Spanish club would be willing to listen to offers for the 26-year-old this summer.

    Reported among the possible suitors are Champions League semifinalists Chelsea, quarterfinalists Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain and Arsenal, who fell to Bayern Munich in the last 16 of Europe’s elite competition.

    Benzema has scored 22 goals in all competitions this season and is set to feature for France at this summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Alvaro Morata

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    Denis Doyle/Getty Images

    Friday, May 5

    Despite interest from abroad, are reporting that Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata is close to signing a contract extension at the Bernabeu:

    The story says that Los Blancos are keen to offer the Spain U21 international a new and improved dealhis current terms are set to expire in 2015.

    Only last month the striker’s manager, Carlo Ancelotti, said: “I hope [Morata] will stay in Madrid. We need him. He has the potential to be close to Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo.”

Luis Suarez

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    Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

    Friday, May 5

    The man who could yet fire Liverpool to the English Premier League title, Luis Suarez, has distanced himself from reports which have suggested he could join Real Madrid when the season finishes.

    Speaking to Canal 10, per football-espana, in his homeland of Uruguay, he emphasised how at home he feels on Merseyside:

    “I am very happy [in Liverpool] and my family is happy here. Don’t worry, nothing is going to happen to me [in terms of a transfer]. If we could win the Premier League and bring the trophy home it would be incredible.”

    Earlier in the week The Sun, per The Mirror, had stated that the Madrid president, Florentino Perez, would come and “swoosh Suarez away.”


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    Clive Rose/Getty Images

    Friday, May 5

    Real Madrid are listed among three clubs with a reported interest in Tottenham midfielder Paulinho, according to the London Evening Standard.

    AC Milan and Chelsea are the other two parties, and Simon Johnson has written that the latter’s rumoured interest will force the Spanish and Italian clubs to “step up their bid.”

    The Brazilian international only arrived in London last summer.

Quiet Monday

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    Paul White

    Mon. 28 April

    With focus on Real Madrid’s Champions League clash with Bayern Munich on Tuesday, it’s fair to say the week has not started with a barrage of transfer rumours.

    Instead, the press in Spain arequite rightlyconcentrating on the club’s hunt for La Decima.

    However, defeat in Germany could spark a negative reaction to current members of the squad, creating rumours around which players don’t make the cut and their potential replacements. 

Fabio Coentrao

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    Martin Meissner

    Mon. 28 April

    For a long while, it’s been a question of when and where will Fabio Coentrao go this summer.

    It was reported last week by Tutto Mercato (via Football Espana) that his agent, Jorge Mendes, had been in talks with Italian club Inter Milan over a prospective move.

    The report also mentioned that Manchester United, Liverpool and Juventus have all previously been linked with the 26-year-old.

    However, Marcelo has told Marca that the Portuguese left-back’s run of form in the Real Madrid first team and the competition between the two that has resulted from that “can only be a good thing for the club.”

    Could Coentrao end up staying at the Bernabeu? Would he want to? 

Zinedine Zidane

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    Daniel Tejedor

    Mon. 28 April

    This rumour is from the tail end of last week, but it is one certainly worth keeping an eye on as the season draws to a close.

    According to the Daily Mail in England, Marca have suggested that Zinedine Zidane could leave the club at the end of the season to pursue a head-coaching role, which will eventually lead him back to the Bernabeu dugout.

    The money men in Monaco are some of the front-runners to hire him:

    Zidane's role has grown over the year under [Carlo] Ancelotti, and it is thought to have been agreed with president Florentino Perez that he will take charge of the club down the line.

    But he is still vastly inexperienced, and clubs such as Ligue 1 side Monaco could be interested. Claudio Ranieri is currently at the helm, but is thought to be under pressure, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger also linked with the job.