Real Madrid head to the US on Monday where their preparations for the new season will intensify. A number of the players involved in the World Cup will also return to the group having been given an extended break.
But the main talking point this morning is the signing of James Rodriguez. Both Marca and AS go with the Colombian on their front pages and say the deal is almost done. According to Marca, Los Blancos have offered 75 million euros for the attacking midfielder, while Monaco are looking for 85 million. The paper says once the final figure is agreed, the transfer will be confirmed.
AS says preparations have already been made for Rodriguez’ arrival in Madird and that the 22-year-old already has a room for himself at Valdebebas. The only thing holding up the deal now is the departure of Angel di Maria. AS claims di Maria will leave the Santiago Bernabeu and Rodriguez will then be unveiled as a Los Blancos player.
Elsewhere, Alvaro Morata is in Turin now and could be presented as a Juventus player later on today. The final fee is thought to be around 18 million and Real have a buy-back clause they can activate after the first year.