Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistMay 26, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of May 26

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    After Saturday night’s extra-time win over city rivals Atletico Madrid, Real Madrid continue to bathe in the success of their 10th European Cup.

    It is a title which supposedly saved Carlo Ancelotti’s job, with reports in La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Espana) suggesting that Zinedine Zidane would have replaced him if he had failed to win the Champions League.

    His job should be safe now.

    However, there will be a few players in the squad whose jobs aren’t safe considering Los Blancos are expected to try and strengthen their squad over the summer.

    Reports of who could arrive and depart are quiet at the moment while the Champions League win is still being celebrated, but as the speculation starts again, the news and rumours will be updated on the following slides.

    Last update: Wed. May 28

Arturo Vidal

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    Wednesday, May 28

    Real Madrid’s first steps into the transfer market this summer could be in the midfield department.

    Tuttosport, per Alvaro de la Rosa of Spanish publication AS, are reporting that Carlo Ancelotti wants to bring in Juventus’ Chilean international Arturo Vidal to strengthen his side in the middle of the pitch.

    It’s not the first time Los Blancos have been linked with Vidal and the report suggests he would carry a price tag close to €50 million—although Madrid may look to bring that down by including players as part exchange.

    The proble, De La Rosa continues, is that the Champions League winners will face stern competition from Barcelona and Manchester United.

Sergio Aguero

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    One man Real Madrid won’t be pursuing this summer is former Atletico Madrid front man and current Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, according to Florentino Perez.

    Rob Dawson of the Manchester Evening News has reported the Madrid president’s comments which came in the wake of the club’s 10th European Cup success in Lisbon on Saturday night.

    “We are not thinking about making a move for Aguero at the moment,” he said.

    “Right now, there is no real urgency to sign any new players.”

Paul Clement

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    Wednesday, May 28

    Paul Clement looks set to stay at Real Madrid—for now.

    The Englishman followed Carlo Ancelotti to the Spanish capital from Paris Saint-Germain last summer, but the Daily Mail had suggested the Italian’s No. 2 was preparing to take his first steps into management this summer.

    Premier League side West Brom was tipped to be Clement’s destination after he had said he would move into management “soon” after Madrid’s Champions League win on Saturday night.

    However The Guardian‘s Dominic Fifield has quashed those rumours, suggesting Clement will remain at the Bernabeu for another year and snub offers from West Brom and Brighton.

Juan Manuel Iturbe

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    Last update: Mon. May 26

    Real Madrid and Barcelona, normally enemies on the pitch, could be about to embrace in a transfer battle away from it.

    Hellas Verona winger Juan Manuel Iturbe is said to be the object of their desires.

    Spanish publication Sport (h/t Football Espana) say that Madrid have been monitoring the 20-year-old’s progress for the past several months now.

    The Argentine was on loan at Verona from FC Porto last season, scoring eight goals, and the Italian club made the deal permanent when their season finished by agreeing to pay €15 million for him.

    That’s unlikely to deter Madrid if they do decide to go for him, though.

Luis Suarez

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    Last update: Mon. May 26

    This guy, again.

    English newspaper The Daily Star have “exclusively” claimed that Real Madrid will bid £100 million for Liverpool striker Luis Suarez this summer.

    If it’s true, everyone will be hoping for the situation to be sorted out quickly─nobody wants another Gareth Bale saga on their hands this summer.

    Unfortunately, Liverpoolhaving secured Champions League qualification for next seasonare in a much better position than they were last year and will be able to play hard ball over any potential exit.

    The Uruguayan international is currently in a race against time to be fit for the World Cup next month.