La Liga Review looks at what is making the headlines in the Madrid football press: MARCA claim David Capel is offered to Real Madrid for 12 million euros and that Aragones will not be bugged in to taking Raúl to Austria; while AS wipe the tears from its Getafe loving eyes to curse those 'Germans from the dark side of football'...
AS leads with Getafe's elimination from the UEFA cup at the hands of Bayern Munich. 'Infinite Cruelty' wails the headline, and inside, the paper reports on the match in a way that only the Spanish football comic can: " Getafe have been touched by glory following an eternally memorable match. They were on the verge of sealing what would have been, possibly, the greatest feat in the history of Spanish football."
Further on, arch Madridista Tomas Roncero, is overcome with emotion for a team without the words 'Real Madrid' in the title: " I'm 42 years old and a Real Madrid fan all the way down to the tips of my toes. But last night I was overwhelmed with a hithero unknown sentiment: a torrent of blue blood, a mad passion for a handful of heroes - including Sir Michael Laudrup - a tsunami of honesty impossible to quantfiy in a mortal who cut his teeth winning European Cups, League titles and intercontinental trophies."
He goes on to show a loathing of the Germans, a hatred usually reserved for all things Barça: "Bayern always turn up to destroy our dreams: an ugly team, absurd, designed exclusively to inflict pain on others, to ally themselves with the dark side of football. If I was a Bayern fan I certainly wouldn't be cheering them on in the semi finals." Logic never really has been one of Sñr Roncero's strong points.
At leas you can rely on Roncero to be consistent: he always manages to crowbar the names of his real heroes in to any copy: "Last night Getafe had all of Spain on it's feet, the King was on his feet, The prince was on his feet, the vassals - from the grandparents to the little kids - even my Iker Casillas and my Raul." La Liga Review would just like to confirm. This man does this for a living. He gets paid for it. He survives thanks to idiots like me who just forked out a euro to read what he has to say.
The paper does manage to finally get a grip on its emotions and gets back to what it does best: indulging in Real Madrid transfer gossip. Today's 'exclusive' is the revelation that 'Diego Capel has been offered to Real Madrid for 12 million euros.'
AS claims that Rene Ramos, brother of Sergio, recently had a meeting with Mijatovic to discuss the terms on a new contract for the Madrid defender. However according to AS, the Seville based agent, who also represents David Capel, suggested that the young winger would be eager to join Madrid in the summer and that he is available for just 12 million euros - unless he plays more than 40 games for Sevilla this season, then his fee will rise to 15 million. He has already played 36 games, with seven La Liga games remaining.
The paper claims that Real Madrid are undecided whether or not to take the agent up on the offer of the player. AS reasons that Robinho is moving closer to the Bernabeu trap door, because of his relationship with Schuster, while Drenthe has failed to convince. Only Arjen robben is assured of a place under the German coach, but with his injury record, cover is moist certainly required.
AS columnist , Juanma Trueba, argues that Real Madrid must take up the offer as the club needs to retain a strong Spanish identity. He writes: " Nobody has asked me, but I want to go on record to say that we should sign Capel. We are talking about a stupendous footballer, with a big future ahead of him.
He is just 20 years old and has shown that he has no fear of the Primera Liga. He is quick, with all the virtues of an old fashioned winger. And he has the right temperament."
For once, Trueba does make a valid point: "My second reason for signing him is spiritual and philosophical - Real Madrid needs Spanish payers in its ranks, wherever possible. It makes more sense to me to sign Capel for 12 million than it does to sign Drenthe for 14."
The paper also makes room on its front page to declare that Guti has signed a new contract that will tie him to the Bernabeu until 2011.
However, perhaps one of the most quirky stories doing the rounds at the moment, is also picked up by MARCA and is a good indicator that Raúl will definitely not be travelling to the European Championships in June. It involves the vaccinations that the Spanish national team are having to take in order to inoculate them against a 'lethal Austrian tick'.
MARCA believes that one bite from this bug can kill you, well it can kill a fragile footballer anyway. Consequently, the Spanish football federation has ordered all of its players going to the European Championships in the summer that they must be vaccinated. The problem is that it forces an early decision from Luis Aragones as to who will be travelling to the tournament training camp near Innsbruck, in June.
According to MARCA, Iker Casillas and Sergio Ramos have just had their jabs and Guti is ready to feel a little prick. The rest of the squad will be turning up for their injections over the coming days and all have been informed: except for... Raúl.
Expect a big dose of outrage coming to the front page of AS very soon....