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Real Madrid and Barcelona Transfer Talk – Monday

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David Silva’s agent has played down the possibility of his client joining ‘los merengue’, after it emerged in the British press this morning that Jose Mourinho is keen to add him to his squad. (various)

Benfica have also dismissed Portuguese newspaper reports that transfer talks with Madrid for their Belgian midfielder Axel Witzel are at an advanced stage – they say no offer has even been received. (Marca)

Nevertheless, the club are looking for an offensive midfielder, and are also considering a move for either Lucas Moura, Kevin Prince-Boateng or Bastian Schweinsteiger. However first they need to offload Kaka. (AS)

West Ham are the latest club to be linked with a star reserve team striker Joselu, having made an offer of 5m euros. They have also offered Madrid the option to buy him back at the end of the next two seasons for a maximum of 2m euros. However the club are looking for a figure in the region of 10-12m euros. (AS)

The club’s third kit next season is likely to be green. The only occasion on which this colour has been worn before was back in 1965, when they had to borrow kit from River Plate because they had not brought a change of shirts with them for a tournament in Argentina. (AS)


The club are keeping a close eye on Spurs defender Vedran Corluka, currently on international duty with Croatia at Euro 2012. (Mundo Deportivo)

Confirmation of Jordi Alba’s return to ‘los azulgrana’ is being held up because Valencia want to sign his replacement before they make the sale official. (Mundo Deportivo)

The club are not keen on selling young midfielder Thiago Alcantara to Manchester United, even for the 26m euro fee which the British press claim Sir Alex Ferguson is willing to pay. (Sport)

Tito Vilanova has indicated that he is not interested in signing a centre forward, which seems to pour cold water on the speculation surrounding a possible move for Wolfsburg’s transfer listed Croatian striker Mario Mandzukic. (various)

Ex president Joan Laporta is back in the limelight, hinting that he might fancy being a candidate in the club’s next presidential elections, and suggesting that the shirt sponsorship deal with the Qatar federation is equivalent to ‘a plate of lentils’. (Sport)

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