Speculation surrounding Real Madrid continues to be fervent, just as it is every summer transfer window. However, despite the arrival of German international midfielder Toni Kroos, news today concerns a potential departure in Carlo Ancelotti’s defence in the form of Raphael Varane
The Frenchman impressed at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, but still appears to be behind Pepe and Sergio Ramos in the pecking order at the Bernabeu. Chelsea are reportedly looking to reunite Varane with his former Madrid boss Jose Mourinho, and with that in mind, Varane has allegedly demanded talks about his future as the ex-Lens man seeks to have his role in the team clarified.
Staying with Madrid, the rumours persist over a summer move for Colombian playmaker James Rodriguez . The Monaco midfielder was the star of the World Cup, finishing up as the tournament’s top goalscorer with six goals. Reports suggest that Real are willing to sell Argentine star Angel di Maria in order to fund a move to sign the former Porto man, and now there is a believe that Rodriguez has agreed terms with Madrid already
The 23-year-old is valued at around €80m by the Ligue 1 side, and whilst Real will try to lower that by throwing in Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, reports suggest that Rodriguez has agreed a €7.5m-a-year deal with Madrid (£115,000-per-week), which would see him form a devastating attacking trident alongside Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo.
Elsewhere, Granada are set to lose out following the World Cup as Porto close in on a deal to sign their Algerian midfielder Yacine Brahimi . The 24-year-old impressed in La Liga last season and then caught the eye with Algeria in Brazil this summer, and whilst Everton and Tottenham were both believed to be interest, Brahimi has flown to Porto in order to tie up a deal to join Julen Lopetegui’s side.