Another summer, another transfer window of extreme promise at Real Madrid, where Carlo Ancelotti is attempting to form a line-up that can go beyond last season's Champions League triumph.
Thus far, Los Merengues haven't been the most proactive party in getting deals done, but the conclusion of this year's World Cup promises to breathe new life into that cause.
Read on for all the latest news and speculation emerging from the Santiago Bernabeu, with World Cup giants supposedly coming in, while existing starlets could be heading for the club's exit.
James Rodriguez Deal Not Done
James Rodriguez has made no secret of his desire to join Real Madrid in recent weeks, although the transfer is hotly tipped to go through in the coming weeks, with Inside La Liga reporting of his presence in the Spanish capital:
Hugo Cerezo of Spanish newspaper Marca claimed that Real and Monaco are currently about €10 million apart in their discussions, with the former not yet willing to meet the Ligue 1 giants' €85 million tag.
I believe that's true. Why? Because a player like that is difficult to keep at a club when you have Real Madrid and Barcelona looking around, and without a doubt there will be people who will be watching them play and thinking about buying him.
Is this the year that he will move? Certainly not because he is with Monaco and they will play Champions League next season and they are a big club in France. But certainly in the next season or two he will want to move somewhere else.
Real will assuredly be encouraged by such talk and feel their chances of acquiring the World Cup sensation are strong, but they'll need to pay a massive sum in order to make that a reality.
Jose Mourinho Seeking Raphael Varane Reunion
Returning to the Bernabeu for his recruitment pledge, former Real Madrid manager Jose Mourinho is hoping to tempt Raphael Varane into making a Chelsea switch this summer.
Matt Law of the Irish Independent says that Roma's Mehdi Benatia has been offered to the Blues for €27 million, but it may be Varane who holds precedence in the Portuguese's view. Ed Malyon of the Mirror rates Real's young defender highly:
Dunno if it's just contract angling but if Varane wants to move you wonder why a) his agent didn't alert City b) everyone isn't in for him— Ed Malyon (@eaamalyon) July 15, 2014
"I think he is the best young central defender in the world. Already I think he's the best. A young player must be somebody who plays in the World Cup for the first time."
The Chelsea boss has already signed young French centre-back Kurt Zouma in 2014, but he could now be looking to add another such component to his back line.
Alvaro Morata Inches From Juventus Switch
Alvaro Morata has arrived in Turin ahead of making his move to Juventus, according to Sky Sport Italia (h/t Football Italia) which quoted the Real Madrid striker in saying the following:
"I am very happy to be here. I will have my medical tomorrow and can’t wait to start my new adventure."
Morata has long been tipped for higher honours both at club and international level, having starred for the Spanish under-21 side in recent years.
However, chances of first-team football have been limited with such a thriving contingent of attacking talent in Madrid. Morata will likely receive a better chance of senior playing time with Juve.