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Sunday's Real Madrid transfer talk news roundup: Luka Jovic, Dani Ceballos, Neymar

Sunday's Real Madrid transfer talk: Jovic, Ceballos, Neymar
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Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest transfer talk for Real Madrid on Sunday, July 12.

The buildup to the summer transfer window has now begun, with rumours and speculation continuing to swirl as Real Madrid eye possible reinforcements.

Florentino Perez oversaw a significant overhaul of his squad during the summer before focusing more on youth in January. As is always the case with Madrid, though, some of the biggest names in football continue to be linked.

Here, Sports Mole rounds up the latest news of possible comings and goings at the Bernabeu.

Sunday morning's Real Madrid transfer talk news roundup:

Zinedine Zidane admits James Rodriguez may never play for Real Madrid again

Real Madrid midfielder James Rodriguez pictured in Copa del Rey action in February 2019© Reuters

Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has conceded that James Rodriguez may have played his final game for Los Blancos following a turbulent campaign.

The Colombia international has stepped out onto the pitch just eight times during the 2019-20 La Liga season and has not been in Zidane's squad for their last two matches.

Speculation has been rife surrounding Rodriguez's future following his struggles at the Bernabeu recently, and when asked in a news conference if the midfielder would pull on a Real Madrid shirt again, Zidane simply said: "I don't know."

Rodriguez has only played 78 minutes of football since the Spanish top flight returned to action, starting in Madrid's victory over Real Sociedad before being replaced by Marco Asensio.

With Rodriguez's current deal in the Spanish capital set to expire next summer, Manchester United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Arsenal and Everton are all said to be closely monitoring the situation.

The 29-year-old has scored 37 goals in 125 appearances for Los Blancos since arriving from Monaco in 2014.

Chelsea join Luka Jovic race?

Luka Jovic in action for Real Madrid on September 25, 2019© Reuters

Chelsea are reportedly weighing up a move for Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic during the summer transfer window.

The Serbian has struggled to make a name for himself during his maiden campaign at the Bernabeu and has been restricted to just 16 appearances in La Liga this term.

Having notched up only two goals in that time, Madrid are understood to be open to offers for Jovic, despite them having signed the former Eintracht Frankfurt man just last summer for £54m.

Leicester City are supposedly looking to strike a deal for the Serbian frontman, and according to Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are also eyeing up a swoop as they looking to bolster their frontline ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.

However, the report suggests that the Premier League clubs would face stiff competition from Italy for Jovic's signature, with AC Milan, Juventus, Inter Milan and Napoli all rumoured to be keeping a close eye on developments.

Jovic was forced to miss out Real Madrid's recent victory over Deportivo Alaves after allegedly coming into close contact with a friend who tested positive for COVID-19.

More transfer news from Real Madrid:

Barcelona concede defeat in Neymar pursuit?
Barcelona concede defeat in their pursuit of Neymar amid financial concerns arising from the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report. Read more.

Arsenal 'face three transfer rivals for Dani Ceballos'
Arsenal reportedly face competition from three other clubs for the signing of Real Madrid midfielder Dani Ceballos. Read more.


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