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TOTTEMHAM HOTSPURS LOOKS AT GRIEZMANN OF REAL SOCIEDAD

Spanish Football Club Real Sociedad & French International player Antoine Griezmann is without doubt a superb player with just 23 years of age. The "youngster" is on the verge of exploding on the World Soccer scene & he may just need to make the jump to a more "resourceful" Club.

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English Premier League Club Tottenham Hotspurs is showing some serious interest. According to local press the Club is thinking about putting up the 30M€ contract release clause (buy-out) in order to do with the services of the Frenchman. 

Tottenham Hotspurs will need however the OK from the player & they are working with their French goalkeeper Lloris (French National Team-mate) to see if he can help convince the Real Sociedad player to say yes to the English Club.

Said this, I have the sensation that Griezmann knows well his potential & may be waiting for a "better" offer from bigger Clubs. It is no secret that Atletico de Madrid has been eyeing the player, while Real Madrid has been also following Griezmann & could be thinking about him to replace Morata who has gone to Juventus FC. Added to all this is the interest from other major European Clubs in Italy, France & England.

Stay tuned!

REAL MADRID TO PRESENT JAMES RODRIGUEZ AS THEIR NEW PLAYER THIS AFTERNOON

The Football World never stops to amaze me. Four weeks back Colombian & Monaco Forward Radamel Falcao was the hot favourite to sign for Real Madrid, today the reality is that fellow countryman & team-mate James Rodriguez is now in Madrid passing the medical exam.

The fact is that JAMES RODRIGUEZ will be presented this afternoon by REAL MADRID CF as their new signing after they have shut a deal with Monaco. The details suggest a 75M€ transfer fee plus 5M€ more if the player succeeds with Champions League, other titles & objectives. The player signs for the next 6 years & will receive a salary close to 8M€ per season.


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James Rodriguez in Madrid passing the medical exam

The news is not as yet official but everything indicates that it will be in hours. The players schedule today is to go over to the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium" to sign his contract & then be officially presented to Spanish & World media around 19.00-20.00. The player will later dress his players uniform (with Nº10) & be greeted by the Real Madrid fans to later attend an expected packed Press Conference. 

James Rodriguez joins German Toni Kroos as the new Real Madrid signings, with a third expected soon to be goalkeeper Keylor Navas. Apart from James Rodriguez being a World Soccer Star on the rise, the player has an enormous marketing attraction that should open up further markets in Latin America, USA & Asia. The Real Madrid model again is in full motion & the cashier keeps sounding. 

NEWSFLASH:
James Rodriguez has been officially presented by Real Madrid this afternoon in front of 45,000 fans at the "Santiago Bernabeu Stadium".

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REAL MADRID PRE-SEASON GAMES & MATCHES CALENDAR

Real Madrid left Spain today for Los Angeles USA to continue with their pre-season & to play some interesting quality Friendly matches that make up part of the 2º edition of the "International Champions Cup". There the Spanish Football Club will play teams like Inter Milan, AC Roma & Manchester United, plus hook up with the remaining squad players current on summer vacation after their World Cup participation or recently signed.

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REAL MADRID Pre-season dates & matches:

27th of July: Real Madrid - Inter de Milan (Berkeley, USA)
30th of July: Real Madrid - AC Roma (Dallas, USA)
2nd de August: Real Madrid - Manchester United (Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA)
5th of August: TBC if Real Madrid makes the Final (Miami USA) (2º edi. "Internationals Champions Cup")

12th of August: Real Madrid - Sevilla FC (UEFA European SuperCup de Europa /Cardiff, Wales)

16th of August: Real Madrid - Fiorentina (Warsaw, Poland)

20th of Ausgust: Atletico de Madrid - Real Madrid (Spanish SuperCup /away)
27th of August : Real Madrid - Atletico de Madrid (Spanish SuperCup /return)

REAL MADRID - MONACO SHUT JAMES RODRIGUEZ TRANSFER ?

I realize that the following news piece will excite many Real Madrid fans around the World, however it is not official & is still in the speculation realm. Spanish Sports daily "AS" announce today that REAL MADRID & MONACO have come to an agreement to transfer JAMES RODRIGUEZ to the Spanish Football Club. The transfer figure "dances" between 75-80M€ & it is not clear if a Real Madrid player will be included in the operation to lower the price further. Monaco likes Real Madrid goalkeeper Diego Lopez, but the player is not keen to move. 

However, with player or without player, these sources speculate that the official announcement could be made in the coming days with a presentation in Madrid mid-end of this week. This will need to be confirmed.

REAL MADRID NEW PLAYER 2014

Negotiations between Clubs have been ongoing & non-stop over the weekend. The player was meant to be with his team, Monaco, yesterday in Barranquilla (Colombia) & today in Miami with his side. However, James Rodriguez took a plane to Niza (France) with a technical stop-over in Madrid yesterday. Everything indicates that the player is currently in Monaco to shut the "fine details" of the transfer & later officially say good-bye to the Monaco fan-base.

If the news is correct & James Rodriguez transfers to Real Madrid, the Colombian will join his new team the 1st of August for pre-season.


Stay tuned!

JAMES RODRIGUEZ CLOSER TO REAL MADRID

In Football nothing is impossible, & with Real Madrid it seems the slogan is the same. What started as a media driven clamour has turned into a real transfer possibility according to the major Football papers. Yesterday French daily "L´Equipe" wrote that Monaco & Colombian International JAMES RODRIGUEZ was very close to signing for Real Madrid CF. In fact, the French paper speculated that next Monday could be the day that things could be official. 

Today Spanish Sports daily "Marca" gives details of the negotiations. Real Madrid & James Rodriguez have an apparent agreement which consists of a 5 year contract at 8M€/season. According to the same source Monaco & Real Madrid are negotiating with the former asking for 85M€ while the latter offers 75M€. Thus the front cover of today's "Marca" saying "...just 10M€ away from Madrid".  Other media sources add that Real Madrid could include a player in the operation to lower the Monaco price, like goalkeeper Diego Lopez, but I personally doubt that Lopez will accept. However, if Real Madrid signs Keylor Navas - Levante & Costa Rica goalie - they may offer Navas out to Monaco on loan for a season. An interesting option which may interest. 

MARCA

The possibilities of James Rodriguez landing at Real Madrid depends on Argentine International Angel Di Maria being transferred. Real Madrid Coach Ancelotti is against selling Di Maria but the player is determined to leave after the Spanish Club refuses to lift his economic conditions. The Argentine has offers with Paris St Germain apparently a firm candidate with a 60M€ + offer that would go to buy James Rodriguez from Monaco.

But there are more signs that indicate a James Rodriguez signing by Real Madrid as published by Spanish Sports paper "AS":

  • Real Madrid has assigned a room at "Valdebebas" (their training HQ) already to James Rodriguez, room 110 between Benzema (Nº9) & Bale (Nº11),
  • James Rodriguez will have the Nº10 on his shirt,
  • Real Madrid is currently looking for a home for James Rodriguez & his family in Madrid.
The transfer will be official once Real Madrid announce officially the transfer of Angel Di Maria.

As you can read (& see) things have raced since we first speculated a possible Real Madrid interest for James Rodriguez. In fact it looks a certain reality & a question of days. Stay tuned! 

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