Finally, Real Madrid have a new head coach, with Carlo Ancelotti possibly bringing a new sense of calmness and relative tranquility to one of the most stressed clubs in the world, with Isco on his way to become the team’s first signing this summer, and plans to bring in Luis Suarez, Edinson Cavani and Paulinho can all continue with a more solid foundation to build on.
What about Gareth Bale? At the moment, with Tottenham declaring again and again he isn’t for sale and that even a record-breaking fee won’t make any difference, it seems the Welshman is staying in England. This also means there won’t be any positional battle between him and Cristiano Ronaldo, although under Ancelotti, who loves playing with two strikers in somewhat of a flexible 4-4-2, some changes will probably be made.
But Real Madrid have big names, as always, they’re thinking about bringing in. It’s hard to believe they’ll manage to sign the Uruguay striking duo of Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, but going at it at full force on both fronts improves the chances of winning at least one of them. With Real Madrid it’s always about purchasing the best players available, and thinking about need later on.
Liverpool haven’t been approached about Suarez, but according to the Marca, Real Madrid have agreed on a contract with Suarez, and the next step is making an offer to Liverpool. The Reds aren’t interested in selling Suarez, at least not for anything less than £40 million, and his constat press clippings about wanting to leave England despite his love for the club aren’t helping him so far.
Cavani? Even more expensive, but at least Manchester City are out of the race, refusing to pay anything more than €53 million. Napoli want the entire release clause, and Chelsea are willing to pay €58 million. The Club’s president has declared that Cavani will make up his mind by July 10.
Paulinho is the latest name added to the mix of potential arrivals, as Tottenham see the Brazilian slipping away from them. He is interested in a move to Spurs, already offering and seeing the offer accepted by Corinthians (for £17 million), but Chelsea and Real Madrid have entered the race for the central midfielder, which means there’s a very good chance he might end up with the more successful clubs in the end.