Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

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    Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    The World Cup might hold centre stage at the moment, but that doesn't mean the transfer window slithers away into hibernation for a month.

    Clubs still have business to do and players to buy and sell as they look to tweak their squads for the better ahead of the new season.

    Carlo Ancelotti and Real Madrid certainly won't let the World Cup take their concentration away from improving on the group of players that delivered La Decima in Lisbon last month.

    All news and rumours involving Los Blancos will appear on the following slides throughout the week.

    Last update: Thursday, June 12


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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 12

    Spanish publication Marca have once again linked Real Madrid with a move for Chelsea’s Brazilian midfielder Ramires.

    This time, however, they say that Florentino Perez has given his thumbs up to a potential deal:

    Madrid have decided to make a move for Chelsea's Ramires in an attempt to bring in one of boss Carlo Ancelotti's transfer targets for next season. Perez has given the green light to the deal and the player is not going to turn down the chance to join Real. The only significant stumbling block left in the way is one Jose Mourinho.

    If Mourinho comes around to the idea, Ramires could become Madrid’s first piece of business in this summer’s transfer market.

Marco Verratti

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    Thursday, June 12

    According to Spanish publication Marca, Paris Saint-Germain have told Real Madrid that Marco Verratti is not available this summer.

    Carlo Ancelotti took Verratti to France during his time as PSG’s manager and is thought to be keen on being reunited with the young Italian midfielder.

    The French club see the 21-year-old as an important part of their present and their future, and their reluctance to sell could lead Los Blancos to Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos instead.

Nacho Fernandez

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    Israel L. Murillo/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 12

    Real Madrid defender Nacho Fernandez is being chased by up to four clubs from a variety of Europe’s biggest leagues.

    Madrid-based newspaper AS, per Football Espana, have reported that Portugal’s FC Porto, Italy’s Napoli and German duo Bayer Leverkusen and Schalke 04 are the teams with an eye on the versatile 24-year-old.

    All four clubs can offer Champions League football next season.

    Carlo Ancelotti has already confirmed he would like to keep Nacho at the club, but the player may prefer to leave and seek more minutes elsewhere.

Mario Mandzukic

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    Kerstin Joensson/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 12

    James Dickenson of the Daily Express, citing reports in Spain, has claimed that Real Madrid will join Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United in the pursuit of Bayern Munich forward Mario Mandzukic:

    But according to reports in Spain, Madrid are scouring the market for a striker and could turn their attention to Mandzukic.

    Liverpool star Luis Suarez is the No 1 target for the Champions League winners, but he may prove out of reach.

    And if so a deal to take Mandzukic to the Bernabeu could be brokered.

    By the time Madrid find out whether Suarez can be signed this summer though, Mandzukic may have already wound up at one of his other potential suitors.


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    Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Manchester City's search for a defender to partner Vincent Kompany could lead them to the Spanish capital.

    Steve Millar of English newspaper The Daily Star has reported that Manuel Pellegrini "has been forced to have a major transfer rethink" that could mean he will drop his previous targets and make a move for Real Madrid's Pepe.

    Pellegrini worked with the Portuguese defender during his time as manager at the Bernabeu.

    Pepe, 31, was brilliant for Ancelotti's side throughout last season, but Los Blancos may be prepared to let him leave if the right offer comes in.

Toni Kroos

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    Michael Probst/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Spanish publication AS have linked Real Madrid with a move for Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos:

    Madrid have contacted the agent of Kroos, Volker Struth, to find out what the German international's situation is. The Whites see the central midfielder as the perfect man to complement their selection of players in the middle of the park.

    The 24-year-old's contract will expire in 2015, meaning he could be available at a reduced price this summer should Madrid make a bid.

    Kroos has previously been linked with a move to Manchester United.

Alvaro Morata

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    Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    German club Wolfsburg are not giving up in the battle to land Real Madrid's young striker Alvaro Morata.

    The club's sporting director, Klaus Allofs, has confirmed Wolfsburg's interest in the player in an interview with newspaper WAZ, as reported by Oscar Mendez of Marca, and he added that "he will be getting back in touch with Real shortly."

    Juventus and Arsenal have also been linked with the 21-year-old, via Tutto Sport (h/t 101 Great Goals), but Madrid are keen to hold out for a deal that includes a buy-back clause.


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    Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Real Madrid's interest in Chelsea midfielder Ramires is unlikely to lead to a transfer, according to Simon Jones of The Daily Mail.

    Jones writes that "Jose Mourinho will reject any opening offer for Ramires, but the European Champions are determined to sign the Brazilian."

    The article does add, however, that Chelsea's interest in several Madrid players—such as Raphael Varane—could sway the London club to part with the 27-year-old in a part-exchange deal.

    Ancelotti is a long-term admirer of Ramires, and it was he who brought him to Stamford Bridge during his time in charge of Chelsea.


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    Michael Probst/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    With Morata likely to flee the nest this summer, Real Madrid could make a move to bring back former striker Joselu.

    The 24-year-old was sold to Hoffenheim in 2012, spending a season there before moving to Frankfurt on loan last season. Los Blancos have a clause that would allow them to sign him for €12 million, which expires on June 30.

    Spanish publication AS, per Football Espana, are reporting that Madrid could "exercise their option" to re-sign the forward.

    Joselu scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, per Transfermarkt.

Marco Verratti

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    Fabrizio Giovannozzi/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Ancelotti could enter the transfer market for a player he previously took to Paris Saint-Germain during his tenure as the French club's boss.

    Football Espana have cited Madrid-based newspaper AS in their story linking Real Madrid with a move for Italian midfielder Marco Verratti.

    The story suggests that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez and his PSG counterpart Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke briefly about a possible deal during the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris.

    In the linked article, Verratti is quoted as having previously spoken very highly of Ancelotti.

    "I love Carlo because he gave me confidence," the 21-year-old said. "I'll never stop thanking him for everything he has done for me."