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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJuly 28, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28

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    Pre-season friendlies are now well underway, and clubs are rushing around trying to get their squads completed as soon as possible.

    Real Madrid have already done some early business. However, they too will still be keen to tie up some loose ends before the Spanish season begins at the end of August.

    Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez are the two who have signed on the dotted line so far, but Los Blancos still have scope to sign at least one more player.

    It is likely there will be sales, too.

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

     

    Done deals

    In: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) and James Rodriguez (Monaco)

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

     

    Last update: Saturday, August 2.

Radamel Falcao

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    Saturday, August 2

    French newspaper L'Equipe are reporting that Real Madrid and Monaco at at a "very advanced stage" regarding the transfer of Radamel Falcao to the Spanish club, as translated by Madrid-based newspaper AS.

    Apparently, if the Colombian striker can demonstrate his fitness, Los Blancos will sign him this summer:

    Monaco are prepared to sell Falcao and Real Madrid are out to secure his services – if he has fully recovered from his knee injury.

    That’s the verdict of L’Equipe, the French daily insisting that a deal for the striker is at a very advanced stage.

    L’Equipe says that Madrid only want to verify that he is in top physical condition before sealing his signing. However, the sports newspaper does not specify any figures.

    Falcao's arrival in the Spanish capital would be a strange one.

    Having already signed James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos to add to Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Co., there is not a great deal of room in Madrid's squad for too many more attacking players.

    However, it is true that, with Alvaro Morata's sale to Juventus, Karim Benzema has little competition for the No. 9 role at the club.

    Falcao would certainly provide that.

Keylor Navas

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    Saturday, August 2

    AS journalist Yalda Penas has reported that the deal for Levante goalkeeper Keylor Navas is still on the cards, Real Madrid will just have to wait a little while until they can announce the transfer.

    Penas suggests that on Monday, August 4, the European champions will at last be able to announce the 27-year-old's arrival.

    Navas had a stunning season in La Liga last time out, following it up with several impressive performances at the World Cup this summer for Costa Rica, who reached the quarterfinals.

    His arrival could prove bad news for one of Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas, though.

Diego Lopez

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    Saturday, August 2

    And in the same newspaper, Madrid-based AS, JL Guerrero writes that it will be Diego Lopez who suffers as a result of Keylor Navas' arrival:

    Madrid have made up their minds and are pushing Diego Lopez out of the door, to make room for Keylor Navas.

    Lopez, keeper for the league matches last season, is aware the club no longer have him in their plans and wants to pick up his pay-off for an early termination of his contract (he still has three years left at Real Madrid, and would expect to receive around 12 million euros), before looking for a club when he returns from the US (Monaco and Napoli are interested).

    That would leave Carlo Ancelotti with a choice between Navas and Iker Casillas next season, with the winner of that battle not entirely obvious.

    The Costa Rican has been in better form over the last 12 months, but Casillas' standing and history of consistency ensures he will not give up the No. 1 spot without a fight.

Angel Di Maria

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    Saturday, August 2

    Citing reports in Spanish language publication AS, Alejandro Alcaraz, of Catalan-based SPORT, has suggested Bayern Munich could rival Paris Saint-Germain for Angel Di Maria.

    Due to FFP regulations, PSG's attempt to sign the Real Madrid midfielder have hit a snag.

    The French champions are desperate to sign him and are willing to pay towards 80 million euros, but they have to sell before they can buy.

    In the meantime, Bayern are thought to be lurking in the background, although they wouldn't be prepared to pay as much as PSG.

Alvaro Arbeloa

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    Saturday, August 2

    Rumours in Marca hint that Alvaro Arbeloa is considering a return to England.

    The right-back impressed with Liverpool before his move to Real Madrid, and Ruben Jimenez says Arsenal are now courting him.

    Right sided full-backs Mathieu Debuchy and Calum Chambers have already been signed by the Gunners this summer, who lost Bacary Sagna to Manchester City, so their interest in Arbeloa may not be real.

    Carlo Ancelotti is happy to keep him at the club, where he would compete with Dani Carvajal for a starting berth, although he would be open to him leaving in the right circumstances.

    And if Arbeloa did leave, Madrid's Italian boss would have to find a replacement.

Mateo De Sciglio

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    Saturday, August 2

    In the event of Alvaro Arbeloa leaving the Bernabeu this summer, Carlo Ancelotti may already have a replacement lined up.

    Madrid-based newspaper Marca say the Italian is keeping tabs on his fellow countryman, Mateo De Sciglio.

    The 21-year-old has been linked with Real Madrid before, so it is not surprising to see his name turn up in Marca once again.

    With AC Milan not hitting the heights they have in history, De Sciglio may be prepared to swap Italy for Spain.

Radamel Falcao

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    Friday, August 1

    Surprisingly, despite Real Madrid's attacking options, Radamel Falcao continues to be linked with a move to the Spanish capital.

    And another new signing, James Rodriguez has told AS that he hopes to see his fellow Colombian at the club:

    "I’m sure he could play here. But it’s not up to me to decide if he comes or not.

    "That’s a decision for the president [Florentino Perez]. He has the quality and the winning attitude to be here.

    "I’ve been playing alongside him for four years. We were only apart when he went to Atleti[co Madrid].

    "He’s got a winning attitude, and that’s what Madrid wants. Hopefully he can come."

    Madrid's interest in Falcao would be a strange one, although there is nothing concrete to suggest they will make a move for the Monaco forward yet.

Angel Di Maria

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    Monday, July 28

    Angel Di Maria's future remains uncertain.

    As far as the rumours go, they differ from news outlet to news outlet, although the consensus is that he will eventually leave Real Madrid this summer.

    According to Madrid-based paper AS, Carlo Ancelotti expects him to return to training soon:

    I don't have any news about Di Maria.

    I know the same about him as I do about the others. He has finished the World Cup and on August 5 he should be at Valdebebas.

    The article continues by suggesting Ancelotti wants to hang on to the player, but it does suggest Paris Saint-Germain, Florentino Perez and the player himself have different ideas.

    Meanwhile, Pablo Polo of Marca says the Argentine could become Madrid's record sale, reporting the French champions may pay as much as €80 million for the midfielder.

    Meanwhile, in an exclusive, Harry Pratt and Steve Millar of the Daily Star claim Di Maria is still open to a move to Manchester United as well. 

Another Striker?

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    Monday, July 28

    Citing reports in the Spanish media, Samuel Stevens of The Independent has written that Real Madrid are eyeing a surprise signing:

    Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been linked with moves for Radamel Falcao and Romelu Lukaku as the Champions League holders attempt to plug the gap made by Alvaro Morata's departure to Juventus.

    Falcao has been linked with Madrid for a while, but Lukaku's inclusion is slightly more intriguing.

    With that being said, it's important to note Ancelotti has said he doesn't need another striker, according AS' J.L Guerrero:

    We won't bring [a No. 9] in, because we don't need one. First of all we have Benzema, who is very reliable. Isco can play as a false nine. It's not such a big deal to have a centre forward who scores lots of goals. We need a player to put the ball in for Bale or Cristiano.

Keylor Navas

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    Monday, July 28

    There is still no update regarding Keylor Navas.

    The Costa Rican goalkeeper, who currently plays for Levante, is expected to sign for Real Madrid sooner rather than later.

    As reported by Larry Ong of The Epoch Times last week (via The Costa Rican Times), it's hoped the deal will go through at some point this week:

    In a recent live-stream video chat with fans, the Costa Rican international was upbeat that his transfer saga will be resolved soon.

    'I'd like to be able to announce details about my future now – it's close and I hope that it will all be concluded next week,' Navas said.

    'We're relaxed about it, soon we will be able to say where my new home will be.'

    Navas' arrival could end up being bad news for one of Iker Casillas or Diego Lopez. 

Diego Lopez

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    Monday, July 28

    Navas' expected arrival could have an effect on Lopez's future at Real Madrid.

    However, Napoli boss Rafa Benitez refutes claims the Italians are interested after being linked with the goalkeeper.

    He told Marca, per Football Espana, they have never even made an approach: “We have been linked with many names, but, a very high percentage are not real. I heard: 'Napoli will sign Diego Lopez, they have an agreement.' In no time have we raised [an enquiry].” 

Iker Casillas

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    Monday, July 28

    Casillas' future could lie away from the Bernabeu.

    The Real Madrid goalkeeper was reduced to cup appearances last season, and after a disappointing World Cup, he has been tipped to leave the club.

    One potential destination was Arsenal.

    However, after the Gunners signed David Ospina from Nice, AS' Tomas Roncero confirmed that Casillas will not be moving to the Emirates this summer. 

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