Real Madrid are reportedly ready to make an audacious move for former Barcelona midfielder Thiago Alcântara, according to OKDIARIO.
The Spanish midfielder left the Catalan club in 2013 to reunite with former manager Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich. Since then he has come on leaps and bounds, and his performances this season has caught the eye of many managers across the world.
One of those, OKDIARIO reports, is Zinedine Zidane, who they say has fallen ‘in love’ with the 25-year-old. He won’t come cheap, however. It would cost the Galacticos at least over €50m (around £42m), which Zidane would look to fund through the sales of either James Rodriguez or Isco, who have both been targeted by other sides.
But current Madrid goalkeeper, Kiko Casilla, believes that Isco is good enough, stating that club needs a ‘phenomenal’ player like him.
This is amid speculation that Tottenham Hotspur will look to make a summer move for the midfielder, as well as many other top sides.
As reported by GOAL, Casilla said: “He is phenomenal. He showed that with Spain and he repeated that with another great game.
“He showed great composure to score his goal. We need him and I think he looks very comfortable here at Real Madrid.
“He is very important, for that different magic he brings. From now until the end of the season we are really going to need him and he knows that.”
Elsewhere in the league, according to Manchester Evening News, Atlético Madrid goalkeeper Jan Oblak would be ‘interested’ in a move to Manchester United, should David De Gea leave for Real Madrid.
MEN report that United would have to pay considerably more than the current world record fee for a goalkeeper, which is currently £33m which was payed for Buffon on 2001. Oblak currently has a £85m release clause in his contract.
Where one goalkeeper may be ready to look elsewhere, another is very much happy at his current club. Marc-Andre Ter Stegen has come out amidst rumours of a move to Manchester City to declare that he is happy at Barcelona.
Speaking to Spanish outlet La Vanguardia, Ter Stegen said: “I am happy here, with my team-mates and my friends.
“I just try to give my all and do what’s best for me and for the team. I want to give my best and keep improving.
“I am living in the moment. That is the most important thing.”
Finally, Valencia could be targeting Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez as their next permanent head coach, according to fichajes.net.
Benitez looks currently set to bring The Magpies back up into the Premier League next season, but the Spaniard is reportedly looking forward to another shot at managing in Spain, after what happened last time at Real Madrid.
He is one of two candidates that have been reported so far, the other being Celta Vigo manager Eduardo Berizzo.