Real Madrid Transfer News: Latest on Star Names Set to Leave the Bernabeu

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 24, 2014

Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria from Argentina reacts during a Spanish Super Cup soccer match against Atletico Madrid at Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014 . (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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Real Madrid have been very active acquiring players throughout the 2014 summer window and as we draw ever closer to the end of the transfer period, several star players are rumoured to be on their way out of the Spanish capital.

Financial Fair Play gives clubs an extra incentive to sell some of their assets, and while Los Blancos aren't exactly strapped for cash, it appears likely at least two vital contributors could soon be playing in different colours.

Here's the latest buzz surrounding players potentially departing Real before the end of the window.

Angel Di Maria

MADRID, SPAIN - AUGUST 19:  Angel di Maria (R) of Real Madrid shoots past Raul Garcia of Club Atletico de Madrid during the Supercopa first leg match between Real Madrid and Club Atletico de Madrid at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on August 19, 2014 in Madrid
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Spanish football expert Guillem Balague confirmed in his blog for Sky Sports that the Argentine World Cup hero is on his way to Manchester United:

At long last there is significant movement in the seemingly never ending, ‘Will he stay or will he go’ saga of Angel di Maria. It now looks certain that he will leave Real Madrid and become a Manchester United player. The final meetings will take place at the beginning of next week.

United will pay between 60-70 million Euros (£48-55m) for the player. More than 60. A great deal for Madrid.

According to Balague, Di Maria's agent Jorge Mendes was on his way to Manchester to discuss terms with the Red Devils, as his client looks set to become the club's marquee signing of the 2014 summer window.

A fee between £48 and 55 million is more than fair value for a player who has been rumoured to depart the club all throughout summer, and United could smash the British transfer record by paying such a hefty sum for the Argentine international.

Paris Saint-Germain were also in the mix to sign Di Maria, but the French champions have already conducted a lot of business during the summer and needed to sell some players to comply with FFP regulations.

Gianluca Di Marzio's David Amoyal believes Los Blancos should be sad to see the winger go:

Di Maria was one of the club's most consistent performers during the 2013-14 season, playing a vital role in Real finally winning the elusive Decima. The arrival of James Rodriguez seemed to create a rift between club and player, however, and a transfer has seemed almost inevitable ever since.

Sami Khedira

LISBON, PORTUGAL - MAY 24:  Diego Costa of Club Atletico de Madrid holds off Sami Khedira of Real Madrid during the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Atletico de Madrid at Estadio da Luz on May 24, 2014 in Lisbon, Portugal.  (Photo by Sh
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The German midfielder looks set to join Di Maria through the exit door, with both the player and Carlo Ancelotti suggesting his time in the Spanish capital is all but over.

As reported by's Mark Doyle, Khedira remained diplomatic when asked about his future with Real by Bild: "Right now I'm a little out of Real Madrid," he said "But until August 31 anything is possible."

Ancelotti was less optimistic, via ESPN FC's Dermot Corrigan:

Ancelotti couldn't find a place in his squad for Khedira for the Spanish Super Cup match against Atletico Madrid, giving fans and pundits plenty of reasons to believe the departure is imminent.

Bayern Munich and Arsenal are often quoted as the two favourites to land the 27-year-old, the former in need of a new midfielder following the injury to Javi Martinez and the latter still seeking to add one more star player to the squad.

Khedira's contract will run out at the end of the 2014-15 season, and per the Independent's Chris Wheatly, he has declined to sign a new deal:

That decision has forced Real into a sale, as the club seeks to recuperate some finances before the player walks for free at the end of this season.

Xabi Alonso

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The Daily Express' Ben Jefferson picked up on a wild report from Italy suggesting Manchester United could make a move for Alonso to thwart Arsenal's hopes of capturing Khedira, solving the issues the Red Devils have in midfield in the process.

United have been linked with Juventus' Arturo Vidal and AS Roma's Kevin Strootman throughout the window but both players seem unlikely to leave their respective clubs, and Louis van Gaal has now reportedly turned to Alonso.

But at the age of 32, Alonso can no longer demand the kind of transfer fee that would justify a sale, and the Spaniard still holds too much value to Los Blancos for him to be sold at a reduced price.

Bleacher Report's Guillem Balague set the record straight:

Unless any club is willing to drastically overpay for Alonso's services, there simply isn't any scenario that could see the midfielder leave the club in 2014. As Real's most talented holding midfielder, Ancelotti has no reason to entertain the idea of a sale.

The Red Devils can dream of Alonso all they want—he's not going anywhere.


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