Real Madrid may have the aim of lining up more superstar signings of their own this summer, but the latest developments in the Spanish capital suggest there will be more departures before new faces arrive.
In the pursuit of improving his squad in all areas, Carlo Ancelotti has already added talent at several positions during the summer window, but that extra competition will apparently convince some at Real to move on.
That being said, the club are said to be chasing one particular attacking figure sure to get the club's fans excited, as we break down all the latest rumours and speculation surrounding the European titans.
Spanish newspaper AS (h/t Tom Conn of Inside Spanish Football) has reported that Diego Lopez is expected to complete a move away from the Santiago Bernabeu in the weeks to come, with Monaco the latest to be tipped as his destination.
With Levante's Keylor Navas on the brink of his arrival in the Spanish capital, Lopez is thought to have been deemed surplus to requirements, although the official Real Madrid Twitter account quotes Ancelotti in insisting the goalkeeper is still in his plans:
… "Diego is a Real Madrid player but he won't play tomorrow because I want to give Iker minutes as he will play in the Super Cup." (2/2).— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) August 2, 2014
Lopez first took prominence at Real under Jose Mourinho, and as the goalkeeper situation at the club continues to become a more intriguing aspect of their rotation, Lopez could be the man to lose out.
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger continues to take an enigmatic approach to his club's supposed interest in Real Madrid midfielder Sami Khedira, his latest comments suggesting there may be something to the speculation.
The Frenchman responded to queries regarding the German international in his post-match press conference following the 5-1 drilling of Benfica on Saturday, saying: "I don't know. If I read the newspapers, he is available."
It's far from a direct indicator from the characteristically secretive tactician, but Julien Laurens of Le Parisien insists Arsenal may well move for Real's anchor:
@riomegan yes, definitely. I still think that Khedira is very possible— Julien Laurens (@LaurensJulien) August 2, 2014
The arrival of Toni Kroos in Madrid has only increased competition in the core of Ancelotti's line-up, and with just a year left on his Real contract, an exit this summer could suit both Khedira and the club.
Real Madrid will have been pleased to see Radamel Falcao make his return to football on Saturday, featuring against Valencia in the Emirates Cup fixture, of which Sky Sports correspondent Paulo Freitas provided highlights:
Falcao's individual highlights vs Valencia today as he made his return from injury: https://t.co/MAk4VFTKkp— Paulo Freitas (@Cynegeticus) August 2, 2014
According to AS (h/t Daily Mail's Anthony Hay), Real remain very much interested in cutting a deal for the Monaco frontman.
One man particularly eager to see the Colombian arrive is compatriot and recent Real signing James Rodriguez, who has voiced his support of a reunion with his former Monaco and Porto teammate, per AS (h/t Goal.com's Enis Koylu):
I'm sure he can play here. But I'm not the one who decides whether or not he goes. It's up to the president (Florentino Perez). But he could come here because he was the quality and attitude of a winner.
I've played with him for four years, we were only apart when he left for Atletico. He has a winning mentality and that's what he had at Madrid. Hopefully he comes here.
An anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered in January meant that Falcao had no part to play in Colombia's World Cup campaign, but Rodriguez may yet embark on another journey alongside his countryman.