Real Madrid wouldn’t be Real Madrid if they stood back and accepted success—they’re always hungry for more.
Despite winning the Champions League last season, Carlo Ancelotti is looking to add the final pieces to his talented puzzle and make Real football immortals.
With the World Cup coming to a close and the serious transfer business beginning, Ancelotti will look to pick up two of the biggest names in football in the coming months.
The first of those is James Rodriguez, who was the breakthrough star of the World Cup in Brazil.
The Colombia international helped himself to six goals in the tournament and put together a string of electric performances—impressing the likes of Gary Lineker in the process:
James Rodriguez has wonderful awareness of all around him, and the silkiest of touches. A delightful talent.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) July 4, 2014
It’s no surprise that Real are looking to make him their latest Galactico, then, and Carlos Carpio of Marca has reported that they’re closing in on the deal.
Carpio reports that representatives from both Monaco and Real met in the Spanish capital recently and agreed on a price of €85 million for Rodriguez’s transfer, though that’s €30 million less than the original asking price.
Now that the Ligue 1 club are on board, it’s up to Rodriguez himself to agree to the transfer—and that shouldn’t be a problem.
The 23-year-old recently revealed to Marca that it’s a personal dream of his to don the famous white shirt and line up alongside Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo—reported by Sky Sports:
It's really flattering to know that a club like Madrid, of such magnitude, are interested in me. It would be a dream to sign for the team of my dreams. I have a great deal of respect for other clubs and admire the good football they play, but ultimately Real Madrid are Real Madrid. I've always had a thing for them. It's a dream, as I said, but also a privilege to play alongside players of such quality, all those world-class stars. It's my life's dream. If this finally happens, I only want to enjoy it. Cristiano is a great player, a superstar in capital letters. Cristiano deservedly won the Ballon d'Or, which recognises the best player in the world.
At such a tender age, Rodriguez still has time to claim a couple of Ballon d'Or trophies himself, and Real are the perfect club to help him on the road to doing just that.
Elsewhere, another star of the World Cup looks set to be Bernabeu-bound, as Toni Kroos’ transfer is reportedly nearing completion—per AS, via Bruce Archer of the Daily Star.
The Bayern Munich star has been phenomenal for Germany in Brazil, and it’s no surprise to see the transfer speculation mounting up, but Real look to have won the race for his services.
A holding midfielder, Kroos’ vision and awareness makes him one of the hottest properties in European football, and he’d fit in perfectly at Real.
If AS’s reports are to be believed, the 24-year-old will take to the Spanish capital as soon as Tuesday to complete the move, and Bayern’s honorary president Franz Beckenbauer has acknowledged that the transfer will go ahead—reported via Archer:
"If you are going we will have lost a world-class player. But there is also a career future. And if it is an experience abroad, going to a club like Real Madrid is priceless."
As is the case with Rodriguez, Kroos’ career can only progress at Real Madrid, but Paul Scholes believes that he’s already the full package—as he said in his blog for Paddy Power:
“I love watching Toni Kroos. I think he’s brilliant. I love the way he controls the ball and controls games. He can really play a pass and has superb vision. Kroos is capable of scoring goals too, from outside the box on either foot.”
Scholes isn’t exaggerating, either, as Kroos really is the complete midfielder. With his countryman Sami Khedira linked to a move to the Premier League, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail, the time is perfect for Real to move for Kroos.
Though Real Madrid harbour some of the best players ever to kick a football in their ranks, they want to achieve perfection.
Signing Rodriguez and Kroos will certainly aid them on the road to such an ambitious goal, it’s just up to Ancelotti and Co. to make them put pen to paper.