Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon has moved to end speculation that he will be making a move in this summer’s transfer market for Manchester United’s Ronaldo and Kaka of AC Milan. In an online Q & A session, Calderon declared “Signing Kaka is impossible!”
When asked who Real Madrid would sign if they could have any player in the world, Calderon declared “I would not ask for Kaka or Ronaldo…It seems to me that to talk impossibilities just causes frustration”
The subject would certainly appear to be the cause of frustration, and embarrassment, for Calderon himself. It was he, after all, who promised Madrid fans that both would sign as part of his election manifesto.
Looking ahead to this summer, President Calderon suggested that Real Madrid would not be very active in the transfer market and stated "Madrid have a better team than Barça. We are not missing anyone really, so we will make very few changes for next season.”
The deal that will see Antonio Cassano seal a permanent move to Sampdoria appears to have hit a stumbling block. The players agent, along with Sampdoria representatives, will travel to the Bernabeu this week in order to resolve a dispute over Cassano’s wages. The Italian club are said to be happy to pay Real Madrid 5.5 million euros for the player, but will not agree to take on 4.2 million euros salary that he would have earned had he stayed in Spain. Lazio are said to be monitoring the situation should the deal break down.
The local press in Mallorca are claiming that the club has already begun planning its squad for the 2008-9 campaign and that there will be few, if any new additions. Apparently Gregorio Manzano wishes to start next season with the same eleven players who started the match against Valladolid last week.
The local press believe that a number of players are likely to leave the club, amongst them, Dorado, Héctor, David Navarro and Basinas, who will all become free agents on the 30th June this year.
It is also suggested that Güiza, Arango, Fernando Navarro, Jonás and Moyá could also be set to leave the club in the summer, with an 8 million euros offer from Portsmouth for Jonás Gutiérrez already on the table.
Jonás is aware that his time on the island could be up and the Argentine striker reckons that he could be taking his Spiderman mask to pastures new next season, claiming “It won’t be easy for me to stay at Mallorca. If I stay, or if I go, it will be because it is right for everybody concerned. One thing is for certain, I don’t want to go back to Argentina...I want to carry on in Europe.”