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.
Middlesbrough have completed the signing of goalkeeper Tomas Mejias from Real Madrid on a two-year contract.
The 25-year-old joined Boro on loan in February but only made one appearance because of a dislocated finger.
Mejias made his debut for Real in 2011 and has also played for Spain’s Under-19 and Under-20 sides.
“I know it is a big move from Real Madrid, but it is one I had to make and I’m very happy to have made it,” he told Boro’s website.
“I am competing with two very good goalkeepers in Dimi (Konstantopoulos) and (Jason Steele) Steeley. Nothing has changed and we are all in a fight for the spot, we all know that.
“All I know is I am delighted to be here and to be given a chance.”
He is reunited with Boro manager Aitor Karanka, who was assistant to Jose Mourinho when they were at the Bernabeu.