Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 21, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 21

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    With Europe's top clubs back in training and the 2014-15 season creeping into view, clubs are rushing around trying to get their transfer business tied up as soon as possible.

    Real Madrid are in that exact boat and will be keen to give any new faces the maximum amount of time possible to get acquainted to their new environment before the Spanish season kicks off towards the end of August.

    Toni Kroos has already signed on the dotted line, but Los Blancos could be about to add several new players to their squad this week.

    The following slides aim to keep you updated with the news and rumours surrounding Madrid in the transfer market.

    Done deals

    In: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Moncao)

    Out: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Casemiro (Porto)

    Last update: Friday, July 25

Angel Di Maria

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    Friday, July 25

    Carlos Forjanes of Spanish newspaper AS has reported that Angel Di Maria is "losing patience with Paris Saint-Germain".

    After the signings of Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez, speculation has increased that the Argentine could leave Real Madrid, and the French champions are thought to be his preferred destination.

    However, Forjanes writes that he is getting fed up of the delay:

    The Paris based club is still dealing with the effects of the Financial Fair Play rules and cannot spend €60 million to bring in the Argentine, without first offloading one of their current stars.

    Di María, according to French radio station RMC, has asked Al-Khelaifi (PSG President) to move the deal forward, or he will start talking to his other suitor, Manchester United.

    As things stand, though, the 26-year-old is still a Los Blancos player and he is due to return to training with the Champions League winners at the beginning of August. 

Keylor Navas

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    Friday, July 25

    There is still no news regarding the future of Keylor Navas.

    The Levante goalkeeper, who had an impressive World Cup with Costa Rica, is expected to sign for Real Madrid, but he was unable to confirm that to be the case, per Marca:

    I would love to say something right now, but it's something I don't know for sure yet.

    It's round the corner, we hope that next week it will all be sorted, so that I and my family can calm down a little, and to be able to tell everyone where our new home is to be.

    There will be time enough to tell everyone what my new situation is going to be.

    For now though, Real Madrid continue their pre-season trip to America with Diego Lopez and Iker Casillas as their two goalkeepers.

Florentino Perez

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    Friday, July 25

    In quotes carried by Spanish newspaper AS, per Football Espana, Florentino Perez has suggested Real Madrid are still open for business this summer.

    Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez have already been captured, but Madrid's president says the club are still thinking about buying and selling players before the transfer window shuts: 

    Until the last day you can always do something, to buy and sell.

    It’s important that the season develops normally and calmly. As always, like everyone, we started with great enthusiasm.

    We all want to strengthen and improve. Then the competition will unfold.

    You can add people until the end of August and some can get out as well. It’s no different to any summer. I can’t say anything else, honestly.

Romelu Lukaku

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    Friday, July 25

    Citing "reports on the continent", Daily Star journalist James Wilson has suggested Real Madrid are interested in Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

    The article suggest that, having allowed Alvaro Morata to leave for Juventus this summer, Madrid are keen to add some depth to their central striking options.

    Lukaku is supposedly viewed as that man.

    The Belgian international spent last season on loan with Everton, and Chelsea would presumably demand a large fee were they to allow the striker to leave Stamford Bridge during the current window.

James Rodriguez

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    Tuesday, July 22

    Real Madrid have confirmed on their official website the signing of James Rodriguez from Monaco:

    "James Rodriguez is now a Real Madrid player. The Colombian midfielder has signed a contract that will tie him to the club for the next six seasons."

    El Pais say that Madrid will pay €75 million for the 23-year-old, although could eventually rise to as much as €80 million.

    Rodriguez arrives in the Spanish capital after a stunning World Cup with Colombia.

James Rodriguez

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    Monday, July 21

    It seems that the clock is ticking and it is merely a matter of time until Real Madrid announce the signing of Monaco's Colombian World Cup star James Rodriguez.

    Marca says it could be completed on Monday:

    The agreement reached between Monaco and 'Los Blancos' is practically a done deal, bar a few minor points, and will most likely be signed on Monday. If all goes well an official announcement will be made shortly afterwards.

    The report goes on to suggest that the Champions League winners will pay the French club €75 million for the 23-year-old.

    Meanwhile, AS says the player is already in the Spanish capital and it is expected he will be revealed as Madrid's latest glamour signing at a presentation on Tuesday.

    Rodriguez only signed for Monaco last summer from Porto, but, after lighting up the World Cup with a series of impressive performances in Colombia's run to the quarterfinals, it seems he is already set to move on to bigger and better things than the wealthy Ligue 1 club.

Keylor Navas

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    Monday, July 21

    Without giving any details away, Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas has hinted that his move to Real Madrid is "on track".

    Signing autographs in his home country, Costa Rica, Marca has reported that the 27-year-old said:

    "I haven't signed anything with anyone yet. I'm relaxed at the moment and I'm waiting. But we're on track."

    The same article suggests Navas is set to sign for Madrid for €10 million, which is his release clause at the Valencian club, and that he will commit to a five-season deal which will see him earn around €2.5 million per year.

Diego Lopez

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    Monday, July 21

    The anticipated arrival of Keylor Navas is likely to throw the future of Diego Lopez into doubt.

    With the club struggling to manage both Iker Casillas and Diego Lopez over the last 18 months, throwing a third keeper into the mix makes it impossible to keep everyone satisfied.

    And Juan Carlos Diaz of Marca says that Lopez, with Monaco ready to pounce, is more likely to leave than Casillas at this moment in time:

    Monaco are looking for a reliable pair of hands and 'Los Blancos' have opened the door for Lopez to depart.

    Having decided to sign Costa Rica international keeper Keylor Navas from Levante, Lopez been selected to make way for him, with Ancelotti and his assistants preferring to hold on to Iker Casillas and for him to dispute the first-choice position with Navas.

    It may not prove that simple though, as Diaz points out Lopez is not ready to give up on a future at the Bernabeu just yet. 

Angel Di Maria

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    Monday, July 21

    Madrid-based newspaper AS, per Football Espana, is reporting that Paris Saint-Germain remain very keen on signing Angel Di Maria.

    With the imminent arrival of James Rodriguez, Real Madrid are under pressure to make room in their squad and the Argentinian international is one of the candidates to be moved on.

    However, PSG are unable to spend the €60 million required to sign Di Maria due to their breaking of UEFA’s FFP rules last season, which means they are limited to spending a net figure of €50 million this summer—which has already gone on David Luiz.

    AS, citing Le Parisien, claims that, to get around the restriction, the French club offered to take Di Maria on loan for a season and then pay the €60 million next summer.

    Apperently, Florentino Perez snubbed that idea. 


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    Monday, July 21

    With one simple line, James Dickenson from the Express has suggested Liverpool want to sign Real Madrid's Isco:

    "Liverpool have enquired about a move for Real Madrid star Isco."

    Dickenson doesn't say whether they are looking to loan or buy the player permanently, but it seems like an opportunistic move with James Rodriguez set to arrive at the Bernabeu.

    Hugo Cerezo of Marca disputes that though, suggesting that Isco is happy to stay at Real Madrid...for now.