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Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27

Samuel MarsdenFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27

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    Alvaro Barrientos/Associated Press

    It's the final day of a transfer window has largely gone unnoticed in Spain—especially at Real Madrid.

    Carlo Ancelotti is looking pretty good for his word. The Italian coach said Los Blancos will neither sell not buy this month, via Sky Sports, and as things stand, it doesn’t seem like he was lying.

    However, that’s unlikely to stop the rumours as the interest in the transfer window goes into overdrive on deadline day.

    The following slides will keep you updated on all things Real Madrid, tying up loose ends as and when possible.

     

    Last update: Friday, Jan. 31

One to Go?

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    Alberto Saiz/Associated Press

    Friday, Jan. 31

    Midfielder Casemiro could leave the Bernabeu on Friday.

    The Brazilian, who signed from Sao Paulo last summer, has been linked with Porto, and the Portuguese club could be set to take him on loan until the end of the season according to AS (h/t football-espana).

    Luka Modric, Xabi Alonso, Asier Illarramendi and, most recently, Angel di Maria have all been obstacles preventing the youngster getting a game in Carlo Ancelotti's side.

    It seems Casemiro's exit could be the one piece of business Real Madrid indulge in on deadline day.

Coentrao Move Blocked

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    Daniel Ochoa de Olza/Associated Press

    Friday, Jan. 31

    Despite interest in Fabio Coentrao this month, Carlo Ancelotti has blocked the player leaving the club.

    AS (h/t football-espana) have reported that the Italian coach wants two natural left-backs at the Bernabeu. He doesn't see Alvaro Arbeloa or Nacho Fernandez as suitable replacements should anything happen to Marcelo.

    In the article AS mention Manchester United and Napoli as the parties interested in securing Coentrao's services, also suggesting AC Milan were set to make a late move for the Portuguese international.

Casemiro to Leave This Month?

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    Paul White/Associated Press

    Wednesday, Jan. 29

    One player who you could see leaving this week, despite what Carlo Ancelotti has said, is Brazilian midfielder Casemiro.

    According to Mundo Deportivo (h/t football-espana) there is a queue forming with intention of taking the player on loan until the end of the season.

    La Liga clubs Real Betis and Malaga are speculated to interested, while both Milan clubs are also rumoured to be interested in bringing the 21-year-old to Italy’s Serie A.

    Even with Sami Khedira injured, Casemiro has found minutes hard to come by at the Bernabeu.

    Xabi Alonso, Luka Modric and Asier Illarramendi are all selected ahead of him, while Angel di Maria and Isco have played in deeper roles too.

    This is one deal which could make sense for Real Madrid to go through on in the coming days.

Casilla Targetted?

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    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    Marca say that the goalkeeping circus at Real Madrid is likely to carry on into next season.

    They suggest that if Iker Casillas isn't leaving, then Diego Lopez may end up being sold. Either way, they expect one might leave in the summer.

    With that in mind, the Madrid-based newspaper suggest that the club are monitoring Espanyol's goalkeeper Kiko Casilla:

    The first on the list is Espanyol shot-stopper, Kiko Casilla.

    Casilla learnt his trade in the lower ranks at Valdebebas and moved up quickly in the club's lower categories until he reached the reserve team at the age of 19. Michel moved him into Castilla, where he was number-two to Diego López, who is five years older, but the team was relegated to Segunda B the same season.

    It will probably be better for everyone the sooner we have some clarification on the Madrid 'keeper situation.

Milan After Coentrao?

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    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    Mediaset (h/t AS) suggest their could still be a move on the cards for Fabio Coentrao this month:

    Supposedly the new AC Milan manager, Clarence Seedorf, is desperate to sign both a centre-back and a full-back. 

    The Portuguese full-back is thought to be his top priority.

    It's been reported that CEO Adriano Galliani has accepted the request to sign Coentrao, phoning his old friend Carlo Ancelotti to ask about the availability of the player.

    Time will tell if Coentrao's time is up at the Bernabeu, although the player did start Tuesday's match at home to Espanyol in the Copa del Rey.

Morata to Stay

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    Gabriel Pecot/Associated Press

    Monday, Jan. 27

    If Ancelotti’s words weren’t enough regarding Real Madrid’s thoughts on indulging in the transfer window, then Alvaro Morata’s should at least convince that the young forward is going nowhere.

    It’s been six days since the 21-year-old said he “wants to stay” at the Bernabeu, via Alex Richards of Mirror Football.

    As a result, the rumours which had seen him previously linked with the likes of Arsenal and Juventus, via Charles Perrin of The Express, have dried up.

    Morata will seemingly have until the summer to prove his worth to Los Blancos.

United Unlikely to Sign Coentrao

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    ERIK MARTENSSON/Associated Press

    Monday, Jan. 27

    The player most likely to go against the words of Carlo Ancelotti is Fabio Coentrao.

    It had been suggested by Jason Burt of The Irish Independent earlier in the month that the Portuguese full-back was close to moving to Manchester United, but as with the Alvaro Morata stories, all has gone quiet.

    Coentrao doesn’t appear to have much of a future at the Bernabeu, however it looks more likely now that he will stay with the club until the summer. That way they can bring in a replacement.

Rooney to Extend in Manchester

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    Monday, Jan. 27

    How much truth there was in this story we’re unlikely to full know, but last week, Wayne Rooney was touted as a possible Real Madrid target by Mark Ogden in The Telegraph.

    He also suggested that Madrid maintain an interest in Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero.

    It now seems, following the signing of Juan Mata, that Manchester United are set to agree a bumper new deal with their 28-year-old forward, via Daniel Taylor of The Guardian, ending any speculation about his future.

    Rooney was thought to be a replacement for Karim Benzema, although the Frenchman has begun to win the Bernabeu fans round again in recent months.

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