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Real Madrid and Barcelona transfer talk – Thursday



Real Madrid

Atletico Madrid have dismissed any possibility of the sale of Juanfran to their arch rivals, unless the 10m euro contract release fee is paid. The one time winger excelled last season at right back, one of the areas in which the champions are aiming to strengthen. (Marca)

Gonzalo Higuain has said that he is not prepared to listen to any offers from European clubs looking to sign him, thus paving the way for him to continue at the Bernabeu next season. (Marca)

Serie A club Roma have made a 3m euro offer for Fernando Gago, who spent last season on loan in the Italian capital. (Marca)

Jose Mourinho is keen to persuade reserve ‘keeper Adan to change his mind about leaving the club. The 25 year old has spent his entire career with ‘los merengue’, but played just five times for the first team last season. (AS)

Mourinho faces having as much as half of his squad missing when pre-season training begins on 15th July, with 11 players involved in 2012, and all supposed to be given at least 21 consecutive days of holiday from whenever their participation in the tournament ends. The final is on July 2nd. (AS)

Barcelona

Jordi Alba is on the verge of signing for Barcelona, after the clubs agreed a free of 12m euros for the Valencia left back. (Sport)

The club are keeping a close eye on Croatian centre half Dejan Lovren, who currently play his club football in France with Lyon. (Mundo Deportivo)

New boss Tito Vilanova always knew that Leo Messi was destined for greatness, claiming that he ‘will be the new Maradona’ eight years ago after watching him play for Barcelona’s C team. (Mundo Deportivo)

Twenty years ago today, the ‘blaugrana’ were crowned champions on the final day of the 91-92 season, when Madrid threw away a two goal lead in Tenerife with just a quarter of an hour remaining. (Mundo Deportivo)

The club has asked to be kept up to date with developments regarding Radamel Falcao, in a meeting held between Barcelona sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta and his Atletico counterpart Jose Luis Caminero. Having failed in his bid to sign Cristian Tello on loan, Caminero has asked about the availability of youngster Sergi Roberto. (Sport)




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