Liga - Spanish transfer news: Real Madrid to 'cash in on United's Garay deal'

Real Madrid are reportedly set to receive a €10m payment from Manchester United if they sign Ezequiel Garay from Benfica.

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Benfica's Ezequiel Garay (Reuters)

The Argentine, who was sold by Los Blancos to Benfica in 2011, has impressed in Portugal and been increasingly linked with a transfer this summer.

Both United and Barcelona have been linked with a move for Garay over the past few months, whilst Madrid were also understood to be keen on bringing the defender back to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Whilst it is believed that David Moyes’ side are closing in on a move for a reported €20m fee, Madrid will capitalise on any deal reached.

Los Merengues still hold 50 per cent of the player’s registration, so will be due €10m from Benfica, should the 26-year-old move for the amount currently believed.

Real Sociedad are reportedly ready to tie up a deal for Barcelona’s Jonathan dos Santos this week, with negotiations already described as ‘advanced’.

The 23-year-old midfielder was linked with a move to Anoeta over the weekend, to act as an immediate replacement for Asier Illarramendi, after his move to Real Madrid.

Mundo Deportivo have reported that the San Sebastian outfit are already in "advanced talks" with both the player and with Barca over a proposed move.

It is believed that negotiations are so far forward that a deal could be concluded as early as the end of this week, and may prevent Dos Santos from training with his peers at Barca.

However, one aspect that may slow down the move is Dos Santos’s apparent desire to not move outright to La Real, as rumoured in a €3m deal, but to have an option to return to the Camp Nou, should he impress.

Sevilla president Jose Maria del Nido is still hoping to keep hold of star striker Alvaro Negredo and has told any interested parties they will only get the Spain international if they meet his asking price.

Negredo, who scored 25 Primera Division goals last season, has indicated he would like to leave Sevilla this summer and Manchester City are reportedly among those clubs looking to pry the 27-year-old away from the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.

Del Nido said there has been some progress on talks but has dismissed speculation that City, who last month signed Spain winger Jesus Navas from the Andalusian club, are closing in a deal for the prolific forward.

According to reports in Spain this weekend, City were preparing a 23million euros offer for Negredo.

He said: "With Negredo there has been progress but we are far from reaching an agreement. Right now it's further away than it was at the time with Atletico Madrid.

"Sevilla have put an evaluation on Negredo and either Sevilla are paid what they're asking for or he stays for another three years. I'm not saying the price that's been put on him. The ideal thing would be that he remains in Sevilla and renews for another two years."

Del Nido added: "We are in no hurry. We are in a better situation than a month ago and we've shown that with the signings that we've made."

Sevilla are travelling to South America for a pre-season tour later this week and as things stand Del Nido expects Negredo to be part of the travelling party.

"There's no possibility that he won't get on the plane for the tour, save for things being close (on a transfer) and that's not the case," he said.

"Right now Negredo has the same chance as (coach Unai) Emery and (goalkeeper) Beto and of travelling to South America."

Sevilla President Jose Maria del Nido has explained that the club are on the verge of signing Daniel Carrico and selling Jose Campana.

Portuguese centre-back Carrico has been reported in recent days as the subject of an initial loan agreement between the Andalucians and Reading.

Despite only signing him in January, the English side are set to send the 24-year-old out to Sevilla on what is believed to be an initial 12-month loan deal, with Los Nervionenses then having a purchase option of €1.8m to make the switch permanent.

In confirming that ‘Carrico is travelling’ to Seville to complete formalities, club President Del Nido also spoke of the impending exit of Spain Under-20 international Jose Campana.

Crystal Palace are believed to have agreed a €2m fee to sign the midfielder.

“We made an offer and he did not accept it. He wanted out,” Del Nido commented in relation to Campana, who the club did have high hopes for.

“We accept that his agent has put him on the market and has reached an agreement with Crystal Palace for about €2m, plus clauses and a sell-on fee for the future.

“The logic is that today and tomorrow he will take the trip out to the UK to pass the medical tests. When I am President, I try to be objective.

“When a youth player is offered a renewal and does not accept it, an offer comes in from English football, being the best for all three parties, yes, we will accept it.

“Attributing responsibility to the club or the Coaches would be very simple. Campana was going to be a star and unfortunately he has not succeeded here. We have done everything possible for him to make it.

“I have told Coaches that they can select a line-up of 10 players, that he had to play…I have intervened to play Campana, what more could we have done?

“These are the circumstances of fate and football. It is true that we had not planned for his exit, but within a few hours will arrive a player in his position and I think that we are covered there because everything also indicates that [Tiberio] Guarente is staying.”

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering replacing outgoing sporting director Leonardo with former Real Madrid man Jorge Valdano.

Valdano has been out of work since leaving his role as general manager at the Santiago Bernabeu in May 2011, after a difficult relationship with then Coach Jose Mourinho.

PSG are reportedly ready to bring the former striker back into the game this summer, by appointing him as sporting director.

Serving sporting director Leonardo is set to leave the Parc des Princes at the end of the current transfer window, in light of receiving an extensive ban from French football authorities for confronting a referee during Ligue 1 action last season.

The French side’s President Nasser Al-Khelaifi is reported by Le Parisien today as keen to bring in a replacement for the Brazilian who holds international standing in the game and is seen as considering Valdano as a candidate.

The Argentine is reportedly in contention for the role alongside Claude Makelele and the club’s current CEO Jean Claude Blanc.

Ernesto Valverde is reportedly keen to incorporate Joseba Etxeberria into his coaching team at Athletic Bilbao.

Valverde is back with the Basque Country outfit this season for a second stint in charge of the club and has just begun preseason work, with the team’s first run-out over the weekend.

Reports are that he is contemplating bringing in a new face at coaching level, with Athletic legend Etxeberria reportedly targeted.

The two men are known to have a close bond and Valverde is seen as eager to capitalise on his popularity with senior members of the Athletic dressing room, whilst the retired forward is open to the ‘crash course’ a position at the club would represent in his coaching aspirations.

Etxeberria last season coached at youth level for Athletic, leading the club’s Juvenil team to runners-up position in the Liga Vasca Cadete.

Celta Vigo have confirmed that they have picked up Barcelona’s Rafael Alcantara, Rafinha, on a season long loan deal, while Real Betis have confirmed that they have now completed the signing of Markus Steinhofer on a free transfer - see the related links for the full stories on those transfers.

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