Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti will only allow Sami Khedira to be sold this summer if Manchester United, Arsenal or Chelsea table an “irresistible” €40m offer, despite already agreeing a deal to sign his German international team-mate Toni Kroos.
That is according to Madrid-based daily Marca, who believe that Ancelotti would prefer to keep the versatile midfielder and persuade him to sign a new contract as he weighs up who will have to leave to make room for potent playmaker Kroos.
Real Madrid are reportedly confident of winning the race to sign Colombian youngster James Rodriguez according to the Sunday Times.
Bernabeu president Florentino Perez has made the 22 year old AS Monaco star his number one summer transfer target after the attacker’s impressive World Cup showing.
Rodriguez is the tournament’s top scorer with six goals and the player’s clean-cut image is said to be a factor that has further fueled the Spanish giant’s interest, with the club no doubt hoping to cash in on the player’s marketing potential.
Having paid FC Porto £35.6m to bring in Rodriguez to the Stade Louis II less than a year ago the principality side are said to have placed a €75m (£60m) price-tag on the South American, a fee one imagines Real Madrid wouldn’t think twice about stumping up.
Real Madrid spent £85m to bring in Welsh winger Gareth Bale a year ago, a sum that broke their own world record, and as such clearly do not have an issue spending big in order to secure top talents.
Rodriguez earned a move to AS Monaco after three strong seasons in Portugal, during which time he secured a trio of domestic titles as well as a Europa League triumph among a host of accolades.
The flair player proved he was no flash in the pan by finishing last term as the leading assist maker in Ligue 1.
The Spanish giants are believed to be close to securing a deal to bring the Colombian to the Bernabeu, despite Monaco insisting that their highly-rated striker is not for sale
Real Madrid are in advanced discussions to make Radamel Falcao their latest Galactico, Goal understands.
The Colombia international has expressed his desire to return to Spain following an injury-interrupted season at AS Monaco.
Goal can confirm an outline agreement has been reached, with further discussions over the transfer fee planned.
Though his current contract does not specify a release fee, it was signed last May on the understanding that Falcao would be permitted to leave the club should an attractive offer emerge at the end of his first season there.
Monaco will expect Madrid to match the €60million transfer fee they paid to sign the former Porto striker from Atletico, although, publicly at least, the Ligue 1 club remain adamant they will not be selling their star striker this summer.
“There are no negotiations with any club for Falcao,” said Monaco’s vice-president Vadim Vasilyev on Thursday.
When questioned on whether Falcao had asked to leave, he replied: “We have not talked about that. We count on him and believe he will have a great season in 2014-2015.
“Nobody is not transferable, I don’t know of any examples in football – yet there is no discussion, we rely on him.”