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Real Madrid and Barcelona Paper Talk – Thursday

Real Madrid

Talks regarding the signing of Luka Modric continue, with Tottenham apparently happy to accept a fee of €25 million plus Nuri Sahin. (various)

Lassana Diarra is close to a move to AC Milan, for a fee of around €10 million. (AS)

Benfica are keen to sign youngster Jese Rodriguez, who played a starring role in RM Castilla’s promotion to the Segunda División last season. (Marca)

Former Madrid defender Michel Salgado has suggested that the club should look no further than that same reserve side in their search for a right back, suggesting that Dani Carvajal has all the attributes to make the step up to the first team. (Marca)

Legendary striker Fernando Morientes has returned to the club to coach one of its junior sides. (various)


The latest name to be mentioned in the search for a new centre back is Stuttgart defender Serdar Tasci, who would cost around €10 million. (Mundo Deportivo)

Another even cheaper option which the club are considering is Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, currently with Steaua Bucharest and likely to be available for around €6 million. (Mundo Deportivo)

French champions Lille have offered €7 million for Dutch midfielder Ibrahim Affelay, although he has indicated that he would like to stay in the Catalan capital. (various)

La Blaugrana will play their first pre season fixture at 6pm local time in Hamburg on July 24th. (various)

The club have confirmed the signing of teenager Joan Angel Roman, who has spent the last three seasons at Manchester City. He will start his Barcelona career with the B team. (Mundo Deportivo)

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