Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

Nick DorringtonSpecial to Bleacher ReportAugust 25, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

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    Real Madrid are thought to have completed their incoming transfer business this summer but there may still be one or two departures prior to Sunday's deadline.

    Angel Di Maria completed his move to Manchester United on Tuesday evening, while Xabi Alonso departed for Bayern Munich on Friday.

    Sami Khedira has also been strongly linked with a transfer, but Carlo Ancelotti has confirmed that the German midfielder will remain at the club for this season, according to BBC Sport.

    The following slides will keep you up to date with any news and rumours surrounding the team's transfer activity.


    Done Deals

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

    Out: Xabi Alonso (Bayern Munich), Angel Di Maria (Manchester United), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Jesus Fernandez (Levante), Casemiro (Porto, Loan) and Diego Lopez (AC Milan)

    Last update: Friday, August 29

Xabi Alonso

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    Friday, August 29

    Real Madrid confirmed on Friday morning that Xabi Alonso had completed his transfer to Bayern Munich.

    He gave a farewell press conference in Madrid, in which he confirmed that the decision to leave was his, and his alone.

    Alonso: "Not the club, not the president, nor Jose Angel, nor the boss [Ancelotti], wanted me to leave. It was my decision."

    — Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014

    Alonso: " I must be honest with myself, with the club, and this is the right moment."

    — Dermot Corrigan (@dermotmcorrigan) August 29, 2014

    Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was glad to get the deal done.

    #Pep on new signing @XabiAlonso: "Everyone knows Xabi Alonso. He is a big personality, a great professional and very intelligent."

    — FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 29, 2014

Alvaro Negredo

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    Friday, August 29

    AS (h/t Football Espana) report that Real Madrid may turn to Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo if they are unable to complete a deal for Monaco’s Radamel Falcao Garcia.

    Despite the fact that Carlo Ancelotti and, as per Marca, initial sources have confirmed that Madrid’s incoming transfer business is over, AS still expect the club to complete two new signings before deadline day.

    In addition to a striker, they also believe Madrid will sign a defensive midfielder to replace the outgoing Xabi Alonso. Luiz Gustavo of Wolfsburg and Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Veratti are the two players AS have touted as potential targets.

Marco Reus

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    Thursday, August 28

    AS report that the agent of Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus met with Real Madrid officials to discuss a possible move to the Bernabeu for his client.

    Reus is happy with the Madrid coaching staff and president Florentino Perez. The club has impressed the player over the last two seasons thanks to their progress in the Champions League. However, a move would not be immediate, with Madrid’s intention to bring the German international in next season.

    Dortmund are said to value Reus at €30 million. While a move next summer seems most likely, the recent sale of Angel Di Maria and the pending sale of Xabi Alonso to Bayern Munich could provide Madrid with an opportunity to get the deal done sooner than expected, say AS.

Xabi Alonso

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    Thursday, August 28

    AS (h/t Football Espana) report that Xabi Alonso is just "hours away" from completing a surprise move to Bayern Munich. The 32-year-old is said to have already agreed personal terms with the German champions and is expected to travel to Munich shortly for his medical.

    Marca provide a few more details regarding the financials of the deal, including a significant pay rise for Alonso.

    Pep Guardiola's team will pay the Spanish star €10 million per season. Real Madrid will receive between €5 and €10 million for his transfer.

    The footballer from the Basque Country is currently paid €6m per year (around $8 million) and Bayern have put close to €10m ($13.2 million) on the table to tempt him away.

    If Alonso goes, it is highly probable that Asier Illarramendi will stay.

    Illarramendi has been linked with loan moves to Athletic Bilbao and Napoli in recent days, but with little cover in the defensive midfield position—Casemiro is currently on loan at Porto—he is now likely to remain in Madrid.

Radamel Falcao Garcia

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    Wednesday, August 27

    Radamel Falcao Garcia has long been linked with a move to Real Madrid and reports in France suggest that they could be willing to make a final push to sign the Monaco striker prior to the closure of the summer transfer window.

    AS (h/t Football Espana) report that Madrid could make a loan move for the Colombian international. They would pay €12.5 million up front for a one-year loan, with the option to make the move permanent for a further €45 million.





Alvaro Arbeloa

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    Wednesday, August 27

    AS (h/t Football Espana) report that Alvaro Arbeloa is seeking a move away from Real Madrid. Arbeloa is said to feel that he has lost the confidence of coach Carlo Ancelotti and would like to make a fresh start elsewhere.

    Chelsea and Napoli are the two clubs who are rumoured to be interested in the full-back. A move to either club would see him link up with one of his former coaches—Jose Mourinho in the case of Chelsea or Rafael Benitez at Napoli.


Angel Di Maria

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    Wednesday, August 27

    Manchester United announced on Tuesday evening that they had completed the £59.7 million signing of Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid on a five-year contract.

    Marca report the details of Di Maria's farewell open letter to the Madrid supporters, in which he makes it clear that he never wanted to leave the club.

    Sadly, now I have to go, but I want to make it clear that this was never my wish. I've always wanted to progress, as anyone else does in their job. I went to the World Cup after winning the 'Decima' with the hope of getting some signal from the Club Management, but it never came. Many things were said and many lies circulated. They always wanted to pin the idea of leaving the club on me, but that's not how it was. Unfortunately, my football isn't to someone's taste. The only thing I asked for was a fair deal. There are many things that I value and a lot of them have nothing to do with my salary. I hope to find them at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, with which I'm hoping to make history.

    Di Maria also thanked his teammates and the Madrid supporters for their support during his time at the club.


Guillermo Varela

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    Tuesday, August 26

    Angel Di Maria is expected to complete his move from Real Madrid to Manchester United on Tuesday, but that may not signal the end of the transfer dealings between the clubs, according to Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

    Jones writes that Madrid are interested in United's young Uruguayan full-back Guillermo Varela.

    Real have asked for a loan for the right-back which could then become a permanent £4m deal.

    Varela is capped at youth level for Uruguay, having played for both their Under 17 side and also the Under 20 side.

    The former Penarol man has failed to make a single appearance for Manchester United's first team but has been used regularly for the club's Under 21 team.

    The plan would be for Varela to play for Real Madrid Castilla this season. If he impresses, Madrid would then make the move permanent.

Asier Illarramendi

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    Tuesday, August 26

    Naples newspaper Il Mattino (h/t Football Italia) report that Real Madrid have offered Napoli the opportunity to sign Asier Illarramendi on loan for the season.

    They report that Napoli coach Rafael Benitez will make a decision after the second leg of the club's Champions League qualifier against Athletic Bilbao on Wednesday.

    Athletic were themselves linked with a loan move for Illarramendi on Monday.

Angel Di Maria

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    Monday, August 25

    Angel Di Maria looks set to complete his transfer to Manchester United in the next couple of days, with Marca reporting that he will travel to England on Monday to complete a medical and sign a contract with the Premier League side.

    The Daily Mirror's Simon Mullock reports that Di Maria will earn £180,000 a week at Old Trafford.

    There is not yet a consensus on the fee United are set to pay for the Argentine international.

    Marca report an initial fee of €75 million with a potential €15 million in add-ons. That equates to around £72 million at Monday's exchange rate.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mirror report an initial fee of £60 million with £7 million in potential add-ons.

    Either figure would set a new British transfer record, besting the £50 million Chelsea paid Liverpool for Fernando Torres in January 2011. 

Asier Illarramendi

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    Monday, August 25

    The decision to keep hold of Sami Khedira has left Madrid with a surplus of midfielders and could result in Asier Illarramendi leaving the club on loan.

    Illarramendi was signed for €30 million from Real Sociedad last summer but struggled to impose himself during his first season in Madrid.

    With his first-team opportunities likely to be limited, AS (h/t Football Espana) report that Illarramendi could be set for a loan move back to Basque country with Athletic Bilbao, Sociedad's local rivals.