Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Toni Kroos, Paul Pogba and James Rodriguez

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJuly 7, 2014

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 04:  Paul Pogba of France fights off Toni Kroos of Germany during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Quarter Final match between France and Germany at Maracana on July 4, 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid's widely anticipated signing of Toni Kroos, reported by Ben Burrows of the Mirror, has prompted German legend Lothar Matthaus to call the versatile midfielder a "genius."

Adding further weight to widespread belief that Kroos will announce his move after the World Cup, Matthaus believes the 24-year-old will improve the stars already plying their trade at the Bernabeu, reported by Juan Castro of Marca:

Congratulations to Real Madrid, they've got themselves a genius there. All the same, I'd have preferred him to stay at Munich. Toni is very intelligent, he passes the ball brilliantly and he can shoot hard and well, too. (Cristiano) Ronaldo and (Gareth) Bale can really expand alongside him. (Arjen) Robben and (Franck) Ribery have, in the past few years.

With Kroos considered a terrific signing, Madrid may be looking to bulk up their options around the creative player. Florentino Perez is also on the trail of Paul Pogba and James Rodriguez, according to Spanish press.

Pogba's name continues to be mentioned, with Marca suggesting it is an "open secret" that both Real and Manchester City are "taking a lot of interest" in the French midfielder, written in reaction to L'Equipe's report.

Manchester United are also said to be courting the midfielder they let go for free in 2012, reported by Rhys Turrell of the Daily Star. The Red Devils are expected to make at least one marquee midfield signing this summer, and after appearing to miss out on Kroos, they could opt for the player they let slip. Arturo Vidal is also a possibility for the English club, per Jamie Jackson of The Guardian.

Should Perez wish to galvanise Carlo Ancelotti's attacking prowess even further than the weapons he already has at his disposal, Rodriguez may be the solution. The Colombian World Cup star recently suggested interest from the Premier League won't yield a transfer, saying the division is "maybe a bit physical" for him right now, reported by Alex Richards of the Mirror.

This may provide Real with an opportunity to strike, as reported by Marca's front page, via RMadridCastilla:

Adding Rodriguez to the lineup would certainly be a bold move by the Spanish giants. Perez spent lavishly on Bale last season and will need to drop another hefty sum if he's to land the Monaco forward. It's perhaps risky business in the time of UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules, especially if cash needs to be spent on improving other parts of the team.

J.L Calderon of Marca is right in his assertion that Rodriguez is a "rare talent," but Real flaunt a team made up of many world-renowned stars. Rodriguez would be a luxury signing and a fine addition to the squad, if unneeded at the present time.

Last season's Champions League victory looks to have heightened Real's ambitions once more. Perez and his backroom staff appear to be using La Decima as a springboard to another era of continental success, a notion that should have club supporters extremely excited for the summer ahead.