Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 7

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 7

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    Within the next few weeks all of Europe's top clubs will have returned to training, with the World Cup forgotten and an eye on the new season.

    In an ideal world, all those clubs will have their squads sorted by that point.

    However, as we know, that is rarely the case.

    Real Madrid are looking to add to a squad which won the Champions League last season, but so far they have yet to do any business.

    There have been plenty of rumours, though, and surely, soon enough, they will become involved in the transfer market.

    You can follow the latest news and rumours about Real Madrid in the following slides, which will be updated throughout the week.

James Rodriguez

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    Saturday, Jul. 12

    The star of the World Cup is quickly hoping to become the star of the Bernabeu, and he's making no secrets about his desire to move to Real Madrid either.

    "Playing for Real Madrid is my life's dream," he told Marca in an interview.

    "It'd be a privilege to play alongside so many stars. If it happened, I'd enjoy it to the max.

    "It's really flattering to know that a club of Real Madrid's stature is interested in me."

    Meanwhile Marca, per Football Espana, are reporting that Los Blancos are already making strides towards clearing out some players in a bid to make room for the Colombian international:

    "The departure of Alvaro Morata has helped clear space in Carlo Ancelotti’s squad, while should Paris Saint-Germain make an enormous offer for Di Maria, as is expected, Monaco’s James would be the Argentine’s replacement."

    Monaco paid 45 million euros for the 23-year-old last summer and would want to make a profit on him should the sell him.

    Madrid could be looking at paying towards 75 million to land their man.

Alvaro Morata

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    Saturday, Jul. 12

    Alvaro Morata's move to Juventus is so close the young striker can touch it. In fact, it's so close he's even prepared to talk about.

    He has told Marca, per Football Espana, that he is already excited at to be moving to Italy.

    “I’m looking forward to Turin,” Morata said. “I’m told it’s a nice city and I’m looking forward to being there.

    “I haven’t spoken with Fernando [Llorente] but it’s always good to know someone when you get a new team.”

    The deal is expected to cost the Serie A champions around 22 million euros, while Madrid will insert a clause in the deal to allow them to buy him back for 30 million euros in the future.

Sami Khedira

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    Saturday, Jul. 12

    Alejandro Alcázar of Spanish newspaper SPORT says that Sami Khedira's future could be elsewhere:

    Although Carlo Ancelotti would love to keep him at the Bernabeu, the directors don't want to match his high wage demands.

    Khedira rejected an offer from the club and his contract runs out at the end of next season.

    Arsenal are listed among the clubs interested, with the Premier League seeming the obvious destination.

    His former Madrid colleague Mesut Ozil made the move to the Gunners last season, who have also just signed Alexis Sanchez from Barcelona.

    Khedira's arrival would be a further statement of intent.

Alvaro Morata

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    Tuesday, Jul. 8

    Alvaro Morata's agent spent Monday at the Santiago Bernabeu discussing the future of his client, per Spain-based newspaper AS.

    Supposedly Morata has decided it is best to leave Real Madrid and has his heart set on a permanent move to Juventus, rather than a season-long loan, which Los Blancos would prefer.

    The problem is the price.

    Madrid want somewhere close to 30 million euros, but Juventus are struggling to go above 15 million euros, per Tuttosport.

    Despite this, Morata's agent, Juanma Lopez, assured reporters that the young striker is "getting closer to Juventus."

Angel Di Maria

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    Tuesday, Jul. 8

    Angel Di Maria's future at Real Madrid is hanging in the balance.

    According to Madrid-based paper AS, the player, who was impressive throughout last season, wants to leave the club this summer:

    The player wants to leave, and Madrid will accept a record amount for his departure, despite the fact Ancelotti wants to keep him.

    The player's desire, coupled with the fact a record offer is likely to be received, means that top officials at the Bernabéu are open to his exit.

    The article in the paper speculates that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are prepared to offer 60 million euros for the Argentine international.

Toni Kroos

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    Monday, Jul. 7

    While Real Madrid continue to be furiously linked with Toni Kroos, per Suddeutsche Zeitung (h/t Football Espana) the Bayern Munich midfielder has revealed he knows what his future holds.

    However, speaking to TZ Munich, the midfielder, whose contract at the German club expires in 2015, wouldn't open up and say at which club he will be playing next season:

    I’ve made a decision and can’t say.

    I read things. It’s not hard to find out. But I’m saying there is nothing done.

    First I want to play the World Cup and when finished my decision will be known. I’ll say it myself. Before then there is nothing.

    There’s one week of the World Cup left and then…we’ll know more.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Barcelona have also been linked with the German international this summer.

Sami Khedira

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    Monday, Jul. 7

    Amid speculation that Real Madrid are keen on signing a number of new midfielders, Sami Khedira remains committed to the Bernabeu cause.

    The German international has been linked with the Premier League, notably Arsenal and Manchester United, but according to Marca, per Football Espana, he wants to remain in the Spanish capital:

    Khedira wants to stay and there are talks over a new contract, with Khedira’s deal to end next summer.

    If a renewed deal is agreed then there will be no chance of Khedira leaving.

    He is currently in Brazil, where Germany face the hosts on Tuesday night for a place in the World Cup final.

James Rodriguez

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    Monday, Jul. 7

    The star of the World Cup's next stop could be Real Madrid.

    According to Marca, Colombia's James Rodriguez's performances have not gone unnoticed by Madrid's watching eyes:

    Real Madrid rated Rodríguez's efforts a perfect 10. The club was watching him with keen interest and he passed all the tests thrown at him with flying colours.

    Having demonstrated his 'Galáctico' credentials, the Colombian has become a big hit in the offices at the Bernabéu and Florentino and co. are willing to push the boat out to sign him.

    Rodriguez only left Porto for Monaco last summer, and it would take a huge sum of money to land his signature, but after his showing in Brazil it will surely be a matter of time before he moves to one of Europe's top clubs.