A report in Marca maintains new boss Carlo Ancelotti is in no rush to dispense with the Brazilian international’s services and will instead try to find out why his career has appeared to stall at the Santiago Bernabeu.
It is understood the Italian has already discussed the situation with the Madrid hierarchy, being made aware the former Milan idol has not had the best of luck with injuries since his arrival in summer 2009.
Ancelotti was also told the 31-year-old had been a model professional and he feels a rejuvenated Kaka could bring a lot to his first-team squad next season, whilst also remaining a good influence in the dressing room.
In addition, the former Chelsea boss believes the forward can hit back at critics who have written him off as a failure in the Spanish capital.
The two clubs had reached agreement on a €30m transfer last week with just the fine details to be ironed out, only for the Basques to then ask for the release clause in the player’s contract to be met.
Marca reports that Los Blancos have now increased their offer. However, negotiations continue to drag on as La Real are demanding Madrid pay the equivalent of the 23-year-old’s €30m release clause, in addition to assuming responsibility for the 21 per cent VAT on the deal – €6.3m.
It is a method of payment the San Sebastian club are keen to favour rather than directly activating the clause, in which case Illarramendi would be required to hand over the €30m to the Spanish League and thus be liable for 51 per cent income tax.
This would raise the cost of the operation to €45.3m, something Madrid President Florentino Perez is reluctant to consider.
Valencia have snubbed an attempt by midfielder Fernando Gago’s agent to force a loan move for his client to Boca Juniors.
Diego Marino visited Valencia’s offices this week with the hope of reaching a loan agreement for the 23-year-old to return to the club where he shot to fame.
However, reports in Spain say the Los Che hierarchy were in no mood to grant his wish and he was told the player would only be allowed to depart Mestalla for Boca, or any other team, if an offer of more than €2m was received.
Valencia President Amadeo Salvo is adamant he will not let Argentine international Gago go on the cheap, despite him not being part of new boss Miroslav Djukic’s plans for the 2013-14 campaign.
Salvo insists he wants to recover most of the reported €3.5m fee Valencia paid Real Madrid for the player, who was loaned out to Velez Sarsfield for part of last season, when he arrived in July 2012.
Former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola reportedly told Neymar’s father his son should have joined him at Bayern Munich.
According to Radio Globo, Guardiola tried to pressure his new club Bayern into signing the Santos striker, and allegedly told the player’s father ‘Neymar would have a real chance of becoming the best player in the world’.
Guardiola is understood to have also suggested that current Barca boss Tito Vilanova would not know how to play the Brazilian alongside Lionel Messi at the Camp Nou.
Representatives from Italian giants Milan are also believed to have entered into negotiations with Neymar’s father, although the player always insisted his preference lay in a move to Barca.
Radio Globo’s information appears to contradict what Guardiola said in a Press conference some days ago, when he commented that ‘Neymar and Messi would work well together’.