A year ago Real Madrid swept across Europe to snatch Xabi Alonso, Alvaro Arbeloa and Cristiano Ronaldo from the English Premier League. Six years before those transfers went through Florentino Perez completed a deal to take England international captain David Beckham to the Santiago Bernabeu. Now it looks like "Los Blancos" are aiming to capture world-class English forward Wayne Rooney and England boss Fabio Capello.
In the last few days the famous English newspaper "The Sun", the paper with the highest circulation in 2009, wrote the headline "Real Want Roo AND Fab", referring to Mr Capello and his star striker. It states that Real Madrid are even threatening to put in an offer of £90,000,000 to Manchester United at the end of the season.
Real Madrid are no strangers to dealing with Manchester United and Sir Alex Ferguson. Indeed, David Beckham joined Real from the Red Devils on 1st July 2003 for a large sum of £25,000,000 (or 35,000,000 euros). "Los Merengues" also completed the world-famous signing of Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo last July for a world-record £80,000,000 fee.
What is remarkable is that if there is some validity in this speculation, the executives at Man United may actually feel pressured to accept a fee in the region of £90,000,000 for their star player as they are rumoured to be around £800,000,000 in debt. The huge transfer fee arriving at Old Trafford after any deal like this would surely, in part, go to paying off those hundreds of millions of pounds.
Sir Alex Ferguson said he wouldn't even like to sell Real "a virus" in the lead up to the completion of the transfer of Cristiano from Manchester United to Real Madrid and he would be arguably more loathe to see Rooney go than he was to see Ronaldo leave his Premier League champions.
The transfer seems very unlikely but possible.
Now to Mr Fabio Capello. "Don Fabio" has been manager of Real Madrid on two occasions, his first stint was between 1997-98 and then between 2006-07. He is certainly no stranger to the Spanish game or the so-called "Galacticos".
Antony Kastrinakis, a sports journalist for "The Sun", says that Capello has "unfinished business with Madrid" and Perez needs "a sergeant major of a boss" to successfully manage the side's famous stars and mould together a team that can win titles. The article is highly speculative but I can still see some truth in it. Capello is a proven manager, certainly in Spain as he won two league titles in two seasons, but he is currently employed by the English FA to manage the England Team.
Any move for either seems improbable but would be likely to take place after the 2010 World Cup Finals in South Africa seeing as both of the football men are highly concentrated on their current jobs; Rooney for club and country and Capello for the English National Team.
English football would surely struggle to deal with the loss of two of its key figures.
What do you think?