Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and More

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 9, 2014

AS Monaco substitute Radamel Falcao gives a thumbs up to fans as he warms up on the sideline during the second half of the Emirates Cup soccer match between AS Monaco and Valencia at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium in London, Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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The Santiago Bernabeu remains a hot spot of summer transfer speculation, with rumours abuzz with those stars moving through Real Madrid's revolving doors.

The race for Monaco's Radamel Falcao is heating up, with some suggesting the Colombian is keen on a move, while Los Merengues winger Angel Di Maria remains linked with an exit from the Spanish capital.

All that and more are on the agenda as we discuss all the latest rumours and speculation surrounding Carlo Ancelotti's squad.

 

Radamel Falcao

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Liverpool will bring resistance in the fight to land Falcao this summer, after The Guardian's Andy Hunter reported that the Reds are eyeing the forward as their replacement for Luis Suarez.

Hunter insists that a move to Real is close, but Monaco president Vadim Vasilyev has dismissed such talk in a recent interview with French newspaper L'Equipe (h/t talkSPORT):

I have had several meetings with Real Madrid officials, but we have never talked about Falcao. We are counting on the player for next season. I believe he is happy to be back after injury and training with his team-mates.

Norwegian pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft cites Sky's Peter Hardenacke in quoting Falcao regarding his intentions on moving to Real:

The striker's move to the French Riviera has always given the impression that a more substantial move would await in the future, but the question remains as to whether or not that move will come about this summer.

 

Angel Di Maria

Di Maria's ongoing saga dictates that the Argentinian may still be deemed surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, with Manchester United supposedly tabling a £55 million bid for his services.

SAO PAULO, BRAZIL - JULY 01:  Angel di Maria of Argentina celebrates scoring his team's first goal in extra time during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between Argentina and Switzerland at Arena de Sao Paulo on July 1, 2014 in Sao Paulo,
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That's according to Anthony Chapman of the Express, with Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi quoted in declaring his side out of the race for the winger's signature:

"We discussed Angel Di Maria with Real Madrid. He was very expensive and we have stopped discussions."

Real Madrid may not be too concerned with where Di Maria moves as long as their valuation of the star is met, but ESPN FC's Jonathan Johnson says it's only a temporary stoppage in discussions:

Di Maria's departure would leave Real in a more suitable position to make more moves of their own, his transfer fee opening up a myriad of options for the champions of Europe.

 

Diego Lopez

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 23: Diego Lopez of Real Madrid makes a save during a Real Madrid training session ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final against Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 23, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Michael Reg
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After Keylor Navas' arrival at the Bernabeu was officially announced, Diego Lopez's exit from Real looks all the more certain, with Inside Spanish Football reporting that the No. 1 is in advanced talks with Milan.

The Rossoneri are alleged to have reached personal terms with Lopez already, but beIN Sports' Matteo Bonetti outlines alternatives for the Italian giants, should they fail to land the Spaniard:

Despite Ancelotti's supposed decision to opt for Iker Casillas and Navas' services, Lopez's confidence hasn't been shaken.

Ben Hayward of Goal.com has revealed that the stopper told Real's directors: "I'm the best goalkeeper here and you know it."

Regardless of how highly Lopez values his own talent, it may not be impressing in the capital for much longer, with a €2.5 million-a-season deal reportedly on the cards at the San Siro.