Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 12

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 12

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    Real Madrid’s failure to land this season’s La Liga title—despite the fact they’ve already won the Copa del Rey and could yet clinch the Champions League—is likely to lead to a splurge of rumours regarding another assault on the transfer market.

    Last summer they signed Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal, Isco and Asier Illarramendi, but that doesn’t mean they’ll relax this summer.

    The club will be keen to keep any potential transfers, incoming or outgoing, off the radar before that Champions League final against Atletico Madrid on May 24, but stories will leak out.

    Over the following slides you will find the news and gossip which is being printed about Los Blancos in the press across Europe and beyond.

    Last update: Monday, May 12

Zinedine Zidane

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    Carlo Ancelotti’s assistant manager, Zinedine Zidane, continues to be linked with a management post of his own for next season.

    Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Espana) has suggested the Frenchman could replace Antonio Conte as manager at former club Juventus:

    Zinedine Zidane is one of the names in the frame to take over at Juventus.

    Current Bianconeri boss Conte has refused to confirm or deny what he will be doing next season, insisting he needs to sit down with [club] President Andrea Agnelli and discuss strategy before deciding. 

    It’s been suggested the former French international will leave the Bernabeu to gain some firsthand managerial experience before eventually returning to succeed Ancelotti. 

Alvaro Morata

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    Meanwhile, if there is anything in those Zinedine Zidane rumours, it has been reported that a current member of the Real Madrid squad could be on a flight bound for Turin this summer as well.

    Hugo Cerezo of Spanish publication Marca reports that Juventus are keeping an eye on Alvaro Morata, suggesting the Italian champions will face a fight from teams across Europe if they want to get their hands on the young Spanish forward:

    In France, Monaco are said to be interested; in Germany, it is Schalke and Dortmund, whilst Arsenal have shown interest from the Premier League. In Italy, Juve are not the only club with a chance of securing his services; Inter Milan is also in with a shout.

    Morata’s future could lie potentially anywhere across Europe, with Madrid looking increasingly less like being his home when the new season rolls around in August. 

Raphael Varane

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    According to Pablo Polo of Marca, Raphael Varane has requested an informal conversation with Carlo Ancelotti to clarify his future in the Spanish capital.

    The French defender has endured an injury-troubled season with Real Madrid and is thought to be looking forward to starting afresh with the club next season.

    However, interest from Chelsea could change his plans.

    Marca report that he wants to talk with his current manager and "find out where he figures in the Italian manager’s plans for next season or more to the point if he will continue to live in the shadow of [Sergio] Ramos and Pepe."

    Varane broke through during Jose Mourinho’s reign at the Bernabeu. The chance to link up with the Portuguese manager in London could yet prove appealing to the youngster.