Madrid Press: Transfer talk dominates as Spain start World Cup

Madrid Press: Transfer talk dominates as Spain start World Cup


Real Madrid players Marcelo and Luka Modric were both involved in the opening match of the World Cup last night as hosts Brazil ran out 3-1 winners over Croatia.

Today, Spain get their World Cup under way with a repeat of the final of 2010 against Holland. Iker Casillas, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso will all likely be involved.

But from a Real Madrid point of view, the main stories are all transfer related. Starting with Marca, the paper claims club president Florentino Perez has given the green light to make a move for Chelsea midfielder Ramires.

The Brazilian has worked with Carlo Ancelotti before as it was the Italian who took him to Stamford Bridge. Reports have suggest a potential swap deal involving Ramires and Modric, but Los Blancos are keen to the central midfielder without having to lose a member of their playing squad either.

AS says the outgoing Alvaro Morata will not be allowed to leave until another forward has been signed. The youngster wants to leave he club in search of more regular first team football and Los Blancos are willing to let him go.

Meanwhile, another potential departure could be English assistant manager Paul Clement. According to AS, he was wanted by both Southampton and West Brom to be their new manager. Clement has worked with Ancelotti since their time at Chelsea, and he has followed him to PSG before moving to Madrid last summer.