Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7

Samuel Marsden@@samuelmarsdenFeatured ColumnistApril 7, 2014

Real Madrid Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of April 7

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    Paul White

    It’s the business end of the season, and Real Madrid have plenty of business to resolve.

    They’re looking to complete their progression into the Champions League semifinal this week, win the Copa del Rey against Barcelona next weekend and, all the while, try to track down the top two in La Liga.

    For those three reasons, it is unlikely that either Carlo Ancelotti or his squad are particularly thinking about summer moves.

    However, the media are, and while there are papers to sell and stories to be written, rumours will continue to persist about people heading in and out of the Bernabeu.

    The following slides will keep you up to date with those rumours.

    Last update: Thursday, Apr. 10

Iker Casillas

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    Martin Meissner

    Thursday, Apr. 10

    In an interview with Sport360, Arsenal’s Spanish midfielder Santi Cazorla has revealed the London-based club are interested in signing Iker Casillas.

    Spain’s No. 1 has been restricted to Champions League and Copa del Rey appearances this season, and Cazorla admitted that he is trying to tempt him to make the same move that Mesut Ozil made at the end of last summer:

    Lots of clubs want him, including Arsenal, but I think that it would be very difficult to leave Real Madrid because of what the club represents. I’ve told him [I would like him to join Arsenal], but so far he has just been curious about my experience in England. His situation is complicated, but he has to make a decision.

    Whether Casillas would actually be prepared to end his career-long relationship with Los Blancos remains unknown, while back in London it will be interesting to see how Wojciech Szczesny takes his colleague’s comments.

Sergio Aguero

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    Jon Super

    Thursday, Apr. 10

    Real Madrid’s supposed interest in Sergio Aguero could come to a premature end after the Daily Mail reported that Manchester City have held talks with their “irreplaceable” star striker.

    The article suggested that City’s owner, Sheik Mansour, held talks with the Argentine international in London last week to “underline [the club’s] desire to keep him well beyond this summer.”

    Aguero, since his days with Atletico Madrid in the Spanish capital, has been linked with Los Blancos for several years now, but 26 goals in 28 games this season has sparked City into making the necessary moves to ensure he continues at the Eithad Stadium.

    Whether Madrid are actually in the hunt for a No. 9 this summer will surely be intrinsically linked to Karim Benzema’s future.

Eden Hazard and Oscar

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    Kirsty Wigglesworth

    Thursday, Apr. 10

    Madrid newspaper AS claim that Real Madrid will attempt to go head-to-head with Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Chelsea forwards Eden Hazard and Oscar, per football-espana.

    The Belgian and the Brazilian have been two of the better performers in Jose Mourinho’s side this season, and any potential availability on either of the two would surely alert all of Europe’s top brass—not just PSG and Madrid.

    If Madrid would actually have the conviction to sign either is doubtful though.

    Carlo Ancelotti is already well endowed with Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, and the arrival of Hazard or Oscar could rock the boat; or see a shift in formation from 4-3-3 back to 4-2-3-1.

Fabio Coentrao

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    Armando Franca

    Monday, Apr. 7

    It has long been expected that Fabio Coentrao will leave Real Madrid this summer, and Tom Hopkinson has written in the Sunday People Sport that Liverpool lead the way for his signature.

    Manchester City and Monaco are also said to be in the running.

    The story suggests that Liverpool are already in contact with Jorge Mendes, Coentrao’s agent, and that talks are progressing quite well.

    Madrid want around £11.5 million for the 26-year-old.

Madrid to Replace Coentrao?

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    Armando Franca

    Monday, Apr. 7

    Perhaps resigned to losing Fabio Coentrao, Marca have been talking up the options for who may replace the Portuguese international to rival Marcelo for the No. 3 spot in the Real Madrid starting lineup.

    Guilherme Siqueira and Luke Shaw are supposedly the targets.

    Siqueira, who is on loan at Benfica from Granada, was thought to be an option last summer, but he didn’t join the club in the end because Coentrao didn’t manage to secure a move away from the Spanish capital despite the interest.

    Marca say that Los Blancos may be able to sign him, despite Benfica having an option to buy, for around €7 million.

    Southampton’s Luke Shaw, 18, is the other option, but the England international would cost significantly more.

Zidane to Succeed Ancelotti?

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    Daniel Tejedor

    Monday, Apr. 7

    Theories have it that Real Madrid want Zinedine Zidane to succeed Carlo Ancelotti as the club's coach in 2016.

    Mundo Deportivo, citing France Football and information from the German media, per football-espana, say that the Frenchman will assume the Italian’s position in 2016 when his contract at the Bernabeu expires.

    Zidane is currently Ancelotti’s assistant, along with Englishman Paul Clement, and has confirmed in the past that he sees himself as a coach one day.

Ivan Rakitic

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    Angel Fernandez

    Monday, Apr. 7

    One of the best players in Spain this season has emerged as a possible candidate for a move to Real Madrid.

    Spanish newspaper AS, citing COPE, per football-espana, have reported that Los Blancos have already approached Sevilla captain Ivan Rakitic about moving to the club this summer.

    The Croatian is, obviously, interested in the move, and this is the very reason why contract talks have stalled, as his future at the Sanchez Pizjuan is cast into doubt; his current deal expires in the summer of 2015.

    Atletico Madrid are also credited with an interest in the 26-year-old.