One Pedro For Another | Ins and Outs | S02P02
Now that the World Cup is over the media has shifted its attention on the transfer window again. Real Madrid who have been active on and off this time around having acquired Angel Di Maria and having recalled Sergio Canales back from his loan spell at Racing are being linked as usual to every one who is on the market. I shall, though, limit myself to tangible rumors.
Getafe confirmed the transfer of Pedro Mosquera from Real for an undisclosed fee. The 22-year-old was presented to the media and fans earlier today. Mosquera, who was the captain of Castilla for most of last season also made his First Team debut as well last season. But in all the midfielder managed only one appearance in La Liga. The move, reports say, comes as a result of lack of regular first team action and I am unsure about any buy-back clause included in the deal. I shall update this post as soon as I can with further details.
But what also seems certain is the imminent move of Pedro Leon. A deal is yet to be announced by the two clubs but Getafe coach Michel revealed on Monday that Leon has been sold to Real. Reports suggest the 23-year-old winger, who is already back in pre-season training, could be sent back on loan to Getafe for the season to ensure he has regular first-team football. And Getafe’s sporting director, Toni Munoz, confirmed that they are eager to have Leon at their disposal for another year. He said:
It’s logical that the boss wants the best. We’re going to try so that the player stays. He really wants to play and identifies himself a lot with the club. What will happen will be shown in the coming days. He’s a player who is desired by many clubs. What’s important is that he is now training. Madrid have their eye on him. We’re going to keep calm and what there is to know will be known in the next few days.
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The following is an extract from an interview that Sergio Ramos gave to the Star:
We are a club that is always looking to improve by adding the best players in the world. We have a proven record of signing English players – with David (Beckham) and Michael (Owen) – and it would not surprise me at all if our two new arrivals this summer were English.
Ashley Cole is a terrific player. For me, he is by far the best left back in the world and, along with Drogba, Chelsea’s best player. I am sure Chelsea will do all they can to keep him but he had a difficult year in England. A change might be what he is looking for. When a player is the best in his position in the world and doesn’t play for Real Madrid, you have to consider it a waste. He has done everything in England for Arsenal and Chelsea. It’s now time for him to come and win La Liga and the Champions League with Real Madrid and Jose Mourinho.
I think Madrid’s admiration of Steven Gerrard is not a secret. He is at the point now where he needs to win things. I can guarantee that under this Real Madrid set-up he will win things. I really think both of them are Real Madrid-bound.
And this is an extract from an interview that Iker Casillas gave to The Sun:
From what I am hearing the signs look good. I have only briefly spoken to people at the club but I am confident that he can be a Real Madrid player next year. I think it will be the right move for him both professionally and personally. A clean break from England is hopefully something he is very interested in. It will be his last big contract and who better to sign for than his old coach Mourinho at Real. He will know better than anybody this club will be successful under Jose.
What I can gather here is that Real are interested in both Gerrard and Cole.
But Real’s transfer consultant Ernesto Bronzetti says president Florentino Perez has decided against any pursuit of Gerrard as he does not feel the deal represents value for money. Bronzetti told GR Parlamento:
Kaka will stay at Real, but the president does not agree with Gerrard because he is 30 and Perez doesn’t want to know. Plus, Liverpool asked €70 million [£58 million].
And that means No Gerrard for Real.
So what about Cole?
Stuttgart director Jochen Schneider has denied reports his club have received an €8 million bid from Real Madrid for midfielder Sami Khedira. Khedira impressed in Germany’s run to the World Cup semi-finals and he has been linked with a move to the Spanish giants. Schneider told Bild:
We have no offer. That is based only on speculation in Spanish sport newspapers. And after his holiday we will sit down together and see whether we can extend his contract beyond 2011.
Marca reported that Real had identified Khedira as a secondary target after giving up on Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard, had already tabled an opening bid and would be willing to go up to €15 million. Although no bid has been made, Stuttgart boss Christian Gross has conceded that with Khedira’s contract up in 2011, the club may have to sell the German international now rather than risk losing him for nothing next season. He told Kicker:
It is foolish not to think about a transfer when Sami’s contract ends in June 2011. Also, if we want to strengthen with new players we need money. We must consider the option of selling, although it would be a shame to lose him.
Meanwhile, Bronzetti also believes Real have struck Inter Milan right back Maicon off their wanted list as Mourinho is happy to use Spain World Cup winner Sergio Ramos in a full-back role. Bronzetti said:
Mourinho is convinced to leave Sergio Ramos on the right and now he wants a central defender or midfielder like Gerrard. Real did not make an offer for Maicon, there was a request of €35 million [£29 million from Inter].
Raul and Guti will not begin pre-season under Jose Mourinho along with the rest of the squad (except the ones who participated in the World Cup) on Friday, as the club has given them permission to return on July 26 and thus inform the club as to their plans with respect to next season. According to Marca, they will then have to make the choice of either staying with Real or moving on.
Mourinho had met with Raul on the his first day in Madrid, reportedly discussing his limited role in the team, and proposing El Capitan fulfil a dressing room role similar to the role Marco Materazzi filled for Mourinho during his time at Inter. Real’s position with respect to both players, again according to Marca, is to facilitate their exits, should the players wish them, and to honour both captains with exits before the Santiago Bernabeu crowd.
As for possible destinations, Raul, who spent the first days of his vacation in New York, reportedly has received offers from the New York Red Bulls and has garnered interest from the Los Angeles Galaxy. European teams who have taken an interest in him are Schalke 04 and Blackburn. Guti has also received offers to move to Turkey to play for either Galatasaray and Besiktas and has also been tied to clubs such as Olympiacos, Blackburn and Zenit St. Petersburg.