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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

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    With three new faces signed and the remaining World Cup participants due back in training this week, Real Madrid's squad is starting to look set for the new campaign.

    However, while Toni Kroos, James Rodriguez and Keylor Navas signal some good business, it does leave Carlo Ancelotti with a big squad.

    With the transfer window still open for another month, there will likely be some exits from the Bernabeu.

    There could still be some more incomings, too.

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


    Done deals

    In: Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich), James Rodriguez (Monaco) and Keylor Navas (Levante)

    Out: Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Jesus Fernandez (Levante) and Casemiro (Porto)

     
    Last update: Saturday, August 9. 

Angel Di Maria

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    Saturday, August 9

    Paris Saint-Germain's reluctance to pay the asking price and find away around FFP regulations for Angel Di Maria could have opened the door for Manchester United.

    The English club have been linked with the Argentine international all summer, with new boss Louis van Gaal keen to improve a squad which finished seventh in the Premier League last season.

    And Anthony Chapman, writing in The Express, has reported United will offer Madrid £55 million for the 26-year-old.

    Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be happy for Di Maria to remain at the Bernabeu after he played an important role last season, but other people at the club are in favour of selling.

    Di Maria himself, it has been speculated this summer, per The Metro, it also happy to end his Madrid career.

Diego Lopez

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    Saturday, August 9

    Iker Casillas, Keylor Navas and Diego Lopez isn't going to work for Carlo Ancelotti and, as has been speculated for a while now, someone will have to leave Real Madrid.

    It seems that will be Lopez.

    AS, as translated by Football Espana, suggest that the former Villarreal and Sevilla keeper's agent, Manuel Garcia Quilon, is in Italy to negotiate a deal with AC Milan's Adriano Galliani.

    Lopez is likely to move to the San Siro on a one-year loan deal, with the Italian club paying all of the player's wages.

Radamel Falcao

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    Friday, August 8

    Conflicting reports have emerged regarding the direction of Radamel Falcao's future.

    The Monaco striker has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and, writing in The Guardian, Andy Hunter reported that Liverpool's approach for Falcao was knocked back by the French club because they are close to a deal with Madrid.

    However, that doesn't tally with quotes attributed to Monaco's vice president, Vadim Vasilyev.

    Marca reported that Vasilyev admitted to meeting with Real "several times" but he claimed that at no point did they speak about Falcao.

    "The truth of the matter is he will play for us next season," he went as far as saying.

    The Falcao saga could have a way to run yet.

Angel Di Maria

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    Friday, August 8

    Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has revealed the French champions have pulled out of the running for Angel Di Maria.

    They had long been linked with signing the Argentine this summer, but FFP regulations slowed the move down.

    And in quotes on AS from the news agency EFE, Al-Khelaifi confirmed that PSG would no longer pursue Di Maria due to his price tag:

    "I’ve negotiated for Di Maria with my friend Florentino Perez, but for me he’s too expensive and we've stopped the negotiations,” the PSG president said during the unveiling of new signing David Luiz.

    What that means for Di Maria, only time will tell.

Radamel Falcao

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    Thursday, August 7

    Real Madrid need to shift Angel Di Maria before they can swoop for Radamel Falcao, according to Spanish newspaper AS, per Football Espana.

    As things stand, the club's three non-EU spots are taken by Keylor Navas, James Rodriguez and Di Maria.

    Signing Falcao would leave Madrid with four, meaning, at the moment at least, there is no room foe the Colombian striker in the squad.

    Selling Di Maria would free up a place, however.

    Meanwhile, reports in Italy, according to Football Espana, say Manchester City could rival Madrid for the Monaco striker's signature.

Karim Benzema

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    Martin Meissner/Associated Press

    Thursday, August 7

    Real Madrid have handed French striker Karim Benzema an extension to his current deal at the Bernabeu.

    The club confirmed the news on their official website on Wednesday evening:

    Real Madrid C. F. would like to announce the extension of Karim Benzema's contract with the club until 30 June 2019, to include the next five seasons.

    With rumours surrounding Radamel Falcao, Benzema's future had been the cause for speculation, but this new deal is a vote of confidence from Los Blancos.

Angel Di Maria

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    Thursday, August 7

    It's been a while since Angel Di Maria was expected to join Paris Saint-Germain, but he's still at Real Madrid and had begun training this week.

    Writing for Spanish paper Marca, Oscar Mendez, who says Carlo Ancelotti is delighted with Di Maria's attitude, suggests PSG continue to struggle to bring themselves in line with FFP, thus enabling them to sign the 26-year-old:

    There is no telling how long Di María will stick around for.

    If PSG manage to raise funds by selling one of their big namesEdinson Cavani, Ezequiel Lavezzi and Javier Pastore have all been linked with an exitthey will immediately reinvest that money to bring in 'El Fideo'.

    Several Premier League clubs are also trying to woo the Argentine.

    AS had reported earlier in the week that Madrid president Florentino Perez and Di Maria's agent Jorge Mendes met for lunch on Monday.

    Mendes also represents Radamel Falcao.

Diego Lopez

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    Thursday, August 7

    After the signing of Keylor Navas, one of Diego Lopez or Iker Casillas is expected to leave Real Madrid.

    At the moment, it seems like Lopez will be the one to go.

    Oscar Mendez of newspaper Marca reports that, according to Sky Italia, AC Milan and Madrid are in "advanced negotiations" over a loan deal for the goalkeeeper.

    New Rossoneri boss Filippo Inzaghi is unconvinced by the quality of his current stoppers and sees Lopez as the ideal man to improve his side.

    Monaco have previously been linked with the former Villarreal and Sevilla man.

Keylor Navas

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    Monday, August 4

    Real Madrid have, at last, confirmed the signing of Keylor Navas from fellow La Liga side Levante.

    After a stunning World Cup with Costa Rica, the 27-year-old was linked with a host of top clubs.

    However, Madrid revealed they were the ones to capture the keeper on Sunday afternoon, via their official website:

    Real Madrid C. F. and Levante U. D. have reached an agreement for the transfer of Keylor Navas, who has signed to the club for the next six seasons.

    The player will be presented on Tuesday 5 August at 13:00, in the president’s box in the Santiago Bernabeu stadium, after undergoing the corresponding medical.

    Subsequently, Keylor Navas will step out onto the turf in the Santiago Bernabeu for the first time in a Real Madrid shirt and will speak to the press in the press room.

    Navas will now stake his claim to be considered Los Blancos' No. 1. 

Diego Lopez

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    Monday, August 4

    Keylor Navas' arrival was always likely to come at a cost for one of Real Madrid's current stoppers, and it seems like Diego Lopez will be the one to fall by the wayside.

    Spanish newspaper AS have reported that he has already agreed a three-year deal with Monaco.

    Napoli were also suggested to have been interested.

    However, Lopez is not thought to be leaving a happy man. AS suggest he is demanding severance pay from Real Madrid, which could, in theory, total as much as €12 million. 

Angel Di Maria

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    Victor R. Caivano/Associated Press

    Monday, August 4

    Angel Di Maria's proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain from Real Madrid continues to wrangle on.

    As translated by Football Espana, Spanish publication Marca have recently claimed the French club will pay €10 million to take the player on loan for a season and then pay 65 million to rubber stamp the move next summer.

    This would, supposedly, be one way for PSG to get around the FFP regulations which are slowing the deal down.

    Di Maria is said to be set on the move, while Ancelotti, as was the case last summer, does not wish to see the Argentine international leave.

    At this point, though, it seems more likely the 26-year-old will go than stay. 

Sami Khedira

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    Monday, August 4

    With just 12 months left on his contract and several European clubs thought to harbour interest in the player, Sami Khedira's future is up in the air.

    Arsenal are one of the clubs linked with the German midfielder, and Arsene Wenger was typically cryptic when responding to a question about a possible deal being struck with Real Madrid.

    The French coach didn't rule out a move, but he didn't confirm interest, as reported by James Orr in The Independent:

    "What is 'enquire' for you?" [Wenger] responded. "I don't know. If I read the newspapers, he is available."

    Wenger did admit in his earlier televised interview on BT Sport that he is still looking to bring in at least one more player this summer.

    "Who's next? I don't know," Wenger said when asked about possible new arrivals. "There could still be one signing, maximum of two. If a good opportunity comes up we might still do it, but at the moment we are not close to signing anybody."

    In the case of Khedira not signing a new deal, Madrid may indeed be forced to sell, rather than let him walk for free next summer. 

Luiz Gustavo

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    Monday, August 4

    If Sami Khedira does leave Real Madrid, the European Champions may feel inclined to add another midfielder to their squad.

    According to AS, as translated by Football Espana, that man could be Luiz Gustavo.

    The Brazilian midfielder currently plays for German side Wolfsburg, whom he signed for from Bayern Munich last summer. 

Radamel Falcao

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    Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    Monday, August 4

    After marking his comeback for Monaco with a goal this weekend, Radamel Falcao's switch to Real Madrid could once again be on the cards.

    The Colombian scored the winner in a friendly against Arsenal. He then fielded questions from the press.

    Per Football Espana, AS quote the player as being rather nondescript when questioned over a possible move to the Bernabeu.

    “Madrid? I'm not aware of anything,” Falcao said.

    “I can't think of another club now. All I can is keep working for the Monaco coach at his convenience.”

    The former Atletico Madrid forward's signing would add even more to the array of attacking riches Carlo Ancelotti already has at his disposal. 

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