As World Cup business reaches an end, and with Spain eliminated earlier than anyone expected, the focus turns back to club football and the transfer window.
As usual, Real Madrid dominate the news as they target the best players in the world.
Here, we take a look at the latest gossip surrounding the superclub as they look to wrestle back the La Liga title from their local rivals, Atletico Madrid.
The World Cup will be remembered for many things, but the breakout star of the tournament has surely been Colombia's James Rodriguez.
The 22-year-old hit a tremendous six goals at the World Cup finals in Brazil. That total will give him the Golden Boot if not surpassed in the final between Germany and Argentina; Thomas Mueller and Lionel Messi have a chance to hurdle the Colombian.
Calderon says Monaco are willing to do business for the young talent but that the bidding must start at €75 million, making the player the third-biggest buy in football history.
Rodriguez's popularity has gone through the roof after such a great few weeks, as noted by writer Jason McIntyre:
James had a good season in 2013-14 for his new club but surprisingly only scored on nine occasions for Monaco in Ligue 1.
But after his World Cup performances, Madrid have now moved for the player, possibly offloading Angel Di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain in the process to make room for him, as per Calderon.
Rodriguez is undoubtedly a Galactico in waiting, and to join up with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale makes perfect sense. Madrid have proved that, despite paying inflated prices for individuals, they can bring them together and make them successful as a collective, as witnessed in the Champions League last year.
The attitude toward success and excellence that Madrid provides will be beneficial to Rodriguez in his career development. If he gets the chance to play for one of the biggest clubs in the world, he will surely not hesitate to take the opportunity.
Angel Di Maria
Calderon reports in his Marca article that the French club "are prepared to break the bank and could offer as much as €60m for Di Maria."
The speedster featured heavily for Madrid last season, but with the revolving door of the Galacticos always spinning, it is thought that they will move him for 2014-15.
Nani, Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have had incredibly poor runs of form, and Di Maria would instantly add a potency to the wide areas for the Red Devils.
Di Maria recently commented on his future whilst on World Cup duty with Argentina but did not want to compromise his focus.
He said, as per Sky Sports:
I've asked my agent not to tell me anything about the talks he's having. I don't know what's going to happen with my career. I don't want to know anything about my future right now. I'm focusing on my national team and not on what's going on elsewhere.
The player hit a credible 11 goals for Madrid last year across all competitions, as per The Independent, and he delivered a spectacular 26 assists for his teammates.
However, PSG can offer him Champions League football, which may prove crucial.
After some solid performances for Germany at the World Cup, Sami Khedira has attracted the interest of some of England's biggest clubs.
De Menezes writes that the Gunners are willing to spend up to £28 million on the German international who only recently returned from serious injury.
And with Madrid set to sign Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, as per De Menezes, it could be a case that Los Blancos will be happy to let him go with their midfield already well stocked.
Khedira would be an excellent option for either of the London clubs, and he would hit the ground running in the environment of the Premier League. He is an expert in the art of defensive midfield play but has the skill to launch attacks from deep.
His versatility would allow others to ply their trade further up the pitch, and at 27 years old, there are still many miles left in his tank. Madrid would be foolish to let him leave, but as one leaves the Spanish capital, they are always replaced swiftly and comprehensively.
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