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Real Madrid and Barcelona paper talk – Wednesday

Real Madrid

Jose Mourinho is keen to sign German international defender Phillipp Lahm according to sources at La Sexta, but will need to come up with at least 35m euros if he is to stand any chance of success. (AS)

Marcelino has used various social networks to claim that he has been misquoted, and that he thinks Cristiano Ronaldo is the best footballer in the world, not Leo Messi as he seemed to have made pretty clear yesterday. (AS)

The Brazilian defender has also indicated that he would like to represent Brazil at the Olympics, which would mean that he would return to Madrid just five days before the start of the new La Liga season. (various)

The Bernabeu Trophy will not now be contested until late September because of scheduling difficulties. ‘Los merengue’ will play Colombian club Millonarios as a tribute to their legendary striker Alfredo Di Stefano, who played for both clubs during his career. (various)

Forgotten midfielder Hamit Altintorp has admitted that his first season in Spain was tough, but says that he thinks Joe Mourinho wants him to stay. (Marca)


Xavi has reiterated comments made earlier this year, in which he suggested that Real Madrid had not shown the same humility in triumph this yerar as his team has shown in recent seasons. (various)

Sources at the club have indicated that they are not even prepared to pay 35m euros for AC Milan defender Thiago Silva, let alone make a 40m offer which the Italians claim to have rejected from another club. (Mundo Deportivo)

However a deal may still be done, with Milan interested in Thiago Alcantara and thus prepared to consider a cash plus player offer (Mundo Deportivo)

A request from Atlético Madrid to take exciting young winger Cristian Tello on a season long loan has been rejected. (various)

Reports in Italy suggest that Serie A champions Juventus may be about to make an 8m euro offer for midfielder Adriano. (Sport)

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