Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 19
Real Madrid have seen neighbours Atletico claim the La Liga title this season, but they still have a chance to claim the Champions League crown at their rivals' expense before the season is over.
The Madrid giants are, as always, expected to make some kind of impression on the transfer market over the summer.
When they decide to offload a player, he can often turn out to be very useful elsewhere, while the names they bring in are usually from the top shelf.
We will keep you updated with all the transfer news surrounding the club.
Ashley Cole to Real Madrid?
Veteran left-back Ashley Cole has been offered a two-year deal by Real Madrid, worth £10 million, according to Metro.
The 33-year-old recently tweeted that he was likely to leave current club, Chelsea.
I am weighing up my options for playing next season with my agent and sadly it does not look like chelsea will be one of them. 💙💙💙💙— Ashley Cole (@TheRealAC3) May 19, 2014
Carlo Ancelotti has coached Cole before, and there is speculation that the former England international might enjoy a stint in Spanish football before he retires.
Zidane Remains Attached to Real Madrid
Bordeaux have announced they have given up on their attempts to lure Real Madrid assistance coach Zinedine Zidane back to France.
The Aquitaine club had been hoping the temptation of rejoining the team where he rose to prominence would be enough for Zidane, who would have been appointed as head coach, but the French legend is apparently too ensconced in life at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Bordeaux president Jean-Louis Triaud told RTL, as reported by Robin Bairner of Goal.com, that his club were giving up the chase:
Unfortunately, everything we have done has not been enough to sign Zidane.
I can confirm he will not be Bordeaux’s coach.
The concern of Zidane is his attachment to Real Madrid.
You cannot ignore that when both his children are in the club’s youth academy and his family are well adapted to living Madrid, where they have been for 11 years.
It is a complicated situation.
Lopez Sees No Reason to Leave
Goalkeeper Diego Lopez recently told Vanity Fair magazine that he is happy at Real Madrid, and has no reason to leave.
The 32-year-old was favoured over Iker Casillas in La Liga last season, and made 36 appearances in that competition.
Here is what he had to say, as reported by Marca:
I arrived a year and a half ago and I have three more years on my contract.
Things are going well for me; there's no reason to leave.
I want to continue winning at Real Madrid.
I hope that I can finish my career here
Luis Suarez a Real Madrid Target, Benzema Worth £30 Million
Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez is a top target for Real Madrid this summer. His signing would potentially pave the way for other business, such as the release of Karim Benzema to Arsenal, according to Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph.
The Telegraph article states that Benzema would be worth around £30 million in the transfer market.
Wilson says the following about the situation:
Benzema has one year remaining on his contract at Real, leaving the Champions League finalists with a major decision as to whether they renew his deal or seek to sell this summer in the knowledge that he would still command a fee in the region of £30 million.
Much will also depend on whether Madrid themselves are successful in adding a striker, with Liverpool’s Luis Suárez among their principal targets.
Arsenal asked after Benzema when they signed Mesut Ozil last summer but Real had already sold Gonzalo Higuaín and Benzema was not keen to move.
Real’s immediate focus is the looming Champions League final against neighbours Atletico Madrid but, after that match, Arsenal will inquire as to Benzema’s availability.
Wenger Wants Benzema
According to Neil Ashton of the Daily Mail, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is to be given a massive transfer kitty over the summer, and Real striker Karim Benzema is on his wish list.
The article states that the French manager will be granted a new contract by Arsenal and given £100 million to spend on new players.
The striking role at the club has long been a source of irritation for many Arsenal fans, but Wenger may finally be able to give them what they desire by bringing in Benzema.