James Rodriguez replaces Luis Suarez as top target

Reports suggest Real Madrid have made Colombia World Cup sensation James Rodriguez their number one summer transfer window target after falling behind in the race to sign Luis Suarez.

Bernabeu officials have gone cool on plans to pursue the Liverpool striker following his latest ban for biting Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini and after hearing rumours that the Uruguay forward would prefer a move to arch-rivals Barcelona if switching to Spain.
Instead, the reigning champions of Europe have turned their attention to Rodriguez, who is challenging Lionel Messi and Neymar for Golden Boot glory and player of the tournament honours at Brazil 2014.
The 22-year-old took his goals tally to five in four games when bagging a brace in Colombia’s last-16 win over Uruguay, having previously netted versus Greece, Ivory Coast and Japan during the group stage.

James to Real?

Colombia teammate says Falcao “dreams” of Real Madrid transfer

According to a report in Spanish paper, an unnamed Colombian teammate has said injured Radamel Falcao “dreams” of playing for Real Madrid.

“Falcao thinks he’s going to join Real Madrid this summer,” says the teammate. “He dreams of playing there, and is only prepared to listen to offers from Los Blancos.”

Recovering from ACL surgery that kept the Monaco striker out of the World Cup, Falcao visited the Colombian training base in Sao Paulo to meet up with his international teammates.

According to the report, Falcao’s contract with Monaco includes a clause that allows a release for any approach from Real Madrid.  It’s unknown if there’s a minimum value on the release clause, but common wisdom would conclude that there’s probably some type of amount Los Blancos would have to hit to trigger the clause, or it’d be silly for Monaco to agree to such terms.

Real Madrid boss Ancelotti plans to replace Zidane with Cannavaro

Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bring Fabio Cannavaro back to the club.

A position has become open on Ancelotti’s staff with Zinedine Zidane being named new Castilla manager.

Marca says Cannavaro is in the frame to fill the void, who is close to Ancelotti.

He’s a former player, he knows the club, he has experience and commands great respect from the Madrid faithful and also the players.