Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistDecember 23, 2013

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23

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    The arrival of Christmas can only mean one thingit will not be long until January madness descends upon us.

    We know the drill.

    For one month in the middle of the season, clubs are allowed to sign and sell players in hope of improving their squads for a relegation battle, a title tilt or just because they can.

    Real Madrid are no different, and the regularity with which rumours appear in the media about who Madrid may sign and sell will begin to increase now.

    The following slides will keep you in check with who's saying what.

    —LAST UPDATE: Friday, December 27— 

Worrying Alonso News

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    Friday, December 27

    With each passing day it seems that Xabi Alonso's future lies away from the Bernabeu.

    On Thursday Marca ran with a story featuring the information that no Real Madrid fan wanted to read:

    "The general feeling in the Real offices is that there's "a 90 per cent chance" that the ex-Liverpool player will not renew and think that his time at the club will come to an end in June."

    Alonso's contract situation has been up in the air for a long time now, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he's thinking of leaving given the lack of news.

    If he does leave it's not thought to be for financial reasons though, with Los Blancos prepared to offer him a huge increase on a two-year deal with the option of a third.

The Latest Club to Be Linked with Di Maria Is...

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    Friday, December 27

    January draws closer and the Angel Di Maria rumours persist.

    The latest story to emerge pits the 25-year-old with a move to Juventus, albeit next summer rather than this winter.

    Tuttosport (h/t AS) reports that "the Italian champions have set their sights on creating the “world’s strongest midfield” by bringing in the Argentina international alongside current Bianconeri stars Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal."

    Di Maria's future remains very much up in the air.

Gundogan Deal Doubts

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    Friday, December 27

    Marca have been keen to press in recent months that Real Madrid have a deal in place to sign Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan in the summer.

    However they are now suggesting that Madrid are monitoring the player's fitness.

    The German international has remained sidelined for longer than expected following an injury he picked up in a friendly against Paraguay.

    And while he continues to miss games, it's thought that Madrid are becoming understandably anxious over putting pen to paper to complete the deal.


Casillas Will Leave If Nothing Changes

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    Friday, December 27

    The New Year always brings resolutions and change for people from all corners of the world, but 2014 promises to be particularly key in the career of Iker Casillas.

    Behind Diego Lopez to start La Liga games, AS suggest that Casillas will leave if he can't muscle himself back into Carlo Ancelotti's side before the summer:

    "The Real Madrid captain has already decided to leave the club in June if he continues to play a secondary role in the current set-up."

    For now Casillas is focused on lifting La Decima with Madrid, as he continues to be No. 1 for Champions League matches.

    However, should he remain unsettled, there will be no shortage of takers in the summer.


Morata Most Wanted

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    Friday, December 27

    Alvaro Morata is apparently on the list of a host of European clubs this Christmas.

    Marca say that the young Spanish forward has offers on the table from clubs in Spain, England, Italy and Germany.

    However they also say Madrid remain reluctant to let him leave, even on loan.

    It leaves Morata in a difficult situation, as he feels he is not getting enough football at the Bernabeu after falling behind Jese Rodriguez in the pecking order.

    It sets up an interesting January.

Madrid Eye Rooney?

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    Monday, December 23

    According to The Sun (subscription required), Real Madrid could be tempted to raid the Premier League again for their next big signing.

    The English newspaper suggests that Florentino Perez is a fan of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney and would like to see him reunited with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    With Rooney's contract running down, it is speculated he could be available for as little as £20 million.

    Much may depend on how United's season unfolds in the New Year under David Moyes. 

Arsenal Keen on Double Swoop

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    Monday, December 23

    Rumours surrounding the futures of Iker Casillas and Alvaro Morata refuse to go away.

    Over the weekend, The Mirror have cited reports in Spain behind their story that Arsene Wenger is preparing a move for the pair in January.

    Morata has fallen behind Jese Rodriguez in the pecking order at the Bernabeu, and is thought to be keen to spend the second half of the season on loan playing regular football.

    However, Casillas would have to give up the thought of lifting the Decima if he chose to leave in Januarydespite his exile in La Liga.

    Everyone knows how important that is to Madridistas. 

Twins Heading In?

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    Monday, December 23

    Marca suggest that Real Madrid are keen on finalising a deal for Paraguayan twins Oscar and Angel Romero.

    The 21-year-old brothers play for Cerro Porteno, who have just won the Paraguayan league, and are already senior internationals.

    Los Blancos officials have already flown over to South America to discuss the transfer, according to the Madrid-based newspaper.

    Oscar plays in midfield, while Angel is a striker. 

Alonso Contract Latest

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    Monday, December 23

    Spanish radio station Cadena Ser (h/t AS) have expressed doubts over Xabi Alonso's contract situation:

    Alonso's desire to leave Real Madrid is not related to money or the club's achievements on the pitch, but stems from 'a wish for a change of scenery, on the part of Xabi Alonso himself and his family'.

    Los Blancos are still keen to negotiate a new deal, with the Basque able to talk to other clubs in January.

    His contract expires in the summer.