beendragging on since the start of the transfer season. Little progress has been made despite some media sources claiming that the deal is almost done.

Coentrao’s release clause is about 30 million euros. Which is quite a lot for a player of his caliber so naturally, Real Madrid do not want to pay it, but Benfica want Real Madrid to pay that amount of money or pay 25 million euros plus a player from Drenthe, Garay and Pablo Sarabia.

Real Madrid however, are willing to giveupplayerbutinsist on 15 million euros rather than the 25 million euro demand. How long will this go on? Probably till the end of the season and Real Madrid will give in to Benfica as Real Madrid always do. Hence Real Madrid will in all likelihood sign Coentrao from Benfica before the end of the summer transfer season.

Anyway, it has been reported that Real Madrid have been inquiring about Barcelona’s youth sensation Thiago Alcantara. The kid has a lot of pace and showed great maturity in the match against Real Madrid last season where his work on the wings enabled Messi to score the opening goal after Pepe was sent off.

Thiago’s father has told the media that Real Madrid did come knocking but he knew that his son would always stay with Barcelona. Real Madrid will not even get a sniff of Thiago and even if Barcelona do want to sell this kid, of which there is very little chance, then they will not sell him to Real Madrid.