Spanish Football Transfer Rumours
The Madrid press are claiming that Werder Bremen's Brazilian playmaker Diego will be plying his trade in La Liga at the start of next season: in spite of signing a new contract with the German club, the player's Father has said that his boy fancies a spell at the Bernabeu...
According to Marca, the 23 year old midfielder's father has said "Diego would definitely like to play for Real Madrid. Real Madrid is a great club, a very important club. But I am his only legal representative and I can assure you that for the moment there is nothing."
That has got the people at Marca a little bit excited and, perhaps understandably, some of their enthusiasm has rubbed off on their readers. A poll in today's paper reveals that most Real Madrid fans would rather sign Diego than Kaka.
Needless to say, President Calderon must be feeling quite relieved that the fans aren't going to hold him to his election promise that Kaka would be a Madrid player. However, if he is going to get away with signing the somewhat cheaper Diego, he needs to speak with the players Father, who added yesterday: "If Real Madrid are interested, they must say so. But I think that would be better at the end of the season. Now is not the time. It does not depend on us."
Slightly worrying that anything should depend upon Pedrag Mijatovic, but Diego's Dad isn't going to know that.
It is highly likely that the Madrid dsporting director will have his eye in at least one player who can add creativity to the side, given the astonishing lack of it on show in the defeat to Betis at the weekend.
Diego Ribas da Cunha certainly fits the bill and the player would reportedly love to be reunited with his former Santos teammate Robinho: the pair were lethal in combination in their native Brazil.
Diego, who has just signed a new contract at Werder Bremen, is exactly the kind of player that Real Madrid need to fill the void left by Zinedine Zidane. The Brazilian possesses fantastic vision coupled with tremendous skill on the ball. He also has a fierce shot, relishes taking on his opponents and is able to support the attack in a way that no one at Madrid is currently able to do.
Aside from the occasional cameo from Guti, Real Madrid have lacked that kind of central midfield influence since Zidane's departure to years ago.
Another player who has been linked with Real Madrid recently is the ex-Barcelona winger Quaresma who currently plays for Porto . Reports in the Barcelona press today claim that the Porto President, Pinto da Costa responded to a question regarding interest from Real Madrid, said: "Quaresma's departure will be inevitable if any club offer €40 million."
The Barcelona paper feels that the player is destined for the Bernabeu but that Los Merengues will face competition from Inter and Liverpool.
Quaresma joined Porto in 2004, after failing to consolidate his position at Barcelona, in a deal that saw Deco move in the other direction.
The Porto President, however, appeared to be less receptive to a bid for another of his prized assets, Lucho Gonzalez. The Porto President, when asked if the midfielder had a price as well, said: "He is not for sale."
Real Madrid, Aston Villa and Tottenham have all been linked with a bid for the Argentine midfielder in the past.