Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 20

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    Angel Fernandez/Associated Press

    We're over halfway through January madness. We know the drill by now.

    For one month in the middle of the season, clubs are allowed to sign and sell players in the hopes 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—even if any business looks unlikely.

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


    Last update: Wednesday, Jan. 22

Madrid Keen on Rooney?

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    Jon Super/Associated Press

    Wednesday, Jan. 22

    The English press went into overdrive on Tuesday night regarding a possible transfer deal between Manchester United and Real Madrid.

    Origins for the rumour can be traced back to The Daily Mail, who suggested Los Blancos are targeting Wayne Rooney.

    Writing for the paper, Ian Ladyman speculates that the England international is part of a three man shortlist as Madrid target a central forward this coming summer.

    Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao are the other two on the list.

    Rooney is into the last 18 months of his contract and, with a route out to another club in England unlikely, a move to another league in Europe could be possible.

    The 28-year-old would link up with Cristiano Ronaldo again, after the two had such a fruitful relationship at United previously.

Casillas Will Stay

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    Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

    Wednesday, Jan. 22

    Speaking in the mixed zone after Real Madrid's win against Espanyol in the Copa del Rey, Iker Casillas confirmed he does not see himself leaving Los Blancos (h/t football-espana):

    I’m happy with how I’m playing. I’m free from injury and my fitness is slowly coming back, taking shape and reaching old levels. I’m fine now. The questions about my future bore me. I’m very happy in Madrid and of course I see myself here next season.

    The goalkeeper was speaking after he'd broken his record for the amount of time without conceding a goal.

    Following the 1-0 win against Espanyol, he has now gone 592 miniutes without leaking a goal.

Morata Is 'Happy'

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    Daniel Tejedor/Associated Press

    Monday, Jan. 20

    Fresh from adding the fifth and final goal in Real Madrid's 5-0 win over Real Betis, Alvaro Morata has insisted he wants to stay at the club (h/t Marca):

    "I've told both the president and the gaffer that I want to stay. This is the club I love. It's the best team in the world and I will fight for a place."

    The young forward has seen limited playing time over the last six weeks, and it had been speculated that he would leave the Bernabeu on loan in January.

    Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t AS) claimed that Juventus and Inter Milan were even weighing up moves to buy the Spaniard outright this month.

    However, Morata's comments suggest he'll stay until the end of the season at least. 

Madrid Want Muller?

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    Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

    Monday, Jan. 20

    Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo have, out of nowhere, linked Real Madrid with a move for Thomas Muller next summer.

    The German international, 24, is set to be the subject of a €45 million bid, according to the report.

    Madrid and Bayern Munich don't enjoy a good relationship at the best of times. With Muller considered a key player at the Allianz Arena, this offer will surely be knocked back.

    Muller is contracted to the European Champions until 2017. 

Moreno: Sevilla to Madrid?

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    Toni Rodriguez/Associated Press

    Monday, Jan. 20

    According to AS, Real Madrid have made signing Alberto Moreno next season their "top priority."

    The left-back is seen as a replacement for Fabio Coentrao.

    However, a release clause of €30 million, inserted last summer, could cause some problems in the future.

    Moreno made his debut for the Spanish national team last year.