Reports in Spain on Wednesday had suggested Ibra wanted to link up with his former Paris Saint-Germain boss at Madrid for next season, with Ancelotti having asked club President Florentino Perez to try and sign him.
However, Marca insists the Italian has not requested Ibrahimovic or even spoken about bringing the Swedish striker to the Spanish capital, and although he considers him a great player it is understood he is not in his plans.
Mina Raiola, the player’s agent, is believed to have been in Madrid over the past few days to find out if there was possible interest in his client, with Ibrahimovic allegedly upset with PSG’s signing of Edinson Cavani from Napoli.
Ancelotti has already told Los Blancos’ officials he is happy with forwards Karim Benzema, Alvaro Morata and Jese, while he is still waiting to hear if Gonzalo Higuain is prepared to stay at the club.
Ernesto Bronzelli, a respected FIFA agent, says Ancelotti wants to keep Higuain.
Higuain has this week been linked with a move to Napoli, although Madrid are understood to be digging their heels in and will not enter into negotiations for the player at less than €40m.
However, in an interview with CRC, Bronzetti claims Ancelotti will do all in his power to convince the Argentine international that his future lies at the Bernabeu.
“I don’t think Napoli can sign Higuain because Ancelotti wants him to continue at Madrid,” said Bronzetti.
“Real Madrid, therefore, do not want to sell the player and I have to say that they do not sign players who are over 30, so [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic will not be coming.
“The Madrid attack consists of Cristiano Ronaldo, [Karim] Benzema and Higuain, all great players, and they would never have paid €63m for Edinson Cavani.”
Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata has turned down a move to Sevilla reports Marca.
The Andalusians, who are seeking a replacement for Manchester City-bound Alvaro Negredo, are understood to have offered around €10m for the 20-year-old with Madrid retaining the option to repurchase.
However, the 20-year-old, who starred in the recent Under-20 World Cup in Israel, has decided to remain at the Santiago Bernabeu to try and convince new boss Carlo Ancelotti he is worth a regular place in his team.
It is reported that Morata would have penned a five-year contract at the Sanchez Pizjuan, with Madrid allowed to buy him back in the first two years – €11.5m after the first season and €13m after the second.
Sevilla’s first choice for the No 9 jersey is Paris Saint-Germain’s Kevin Gameiro, who has admitted he is in talks with Los Nervionenses, but the Ligue 1 club are thought to have raised the asking price for the French international after becoming aware that Sevilla have banked cash from the transfers of Negredo and Jesus Navas.
Besiktas central defender Ersan Gulum is nearing a switch to Malaga after the Turkish club lowered their demands for the player.
The Turks were originally asking €2m for the 26-year-old but are now understood to be willing to accept around the €1m mark.
Reports in Spain say negotiations are now at an advanced stage for the Australia-born player, who was under Malaga boss Bernd Schuster during his time in charge at Besiktas.
The German gave Gulum his debut in the Turkish League after rescuing him from the Second Division and sees him as a priority for his new-look squad, given he can play both in central defence and at left-back.
Schuster’s squad currently consists of 20 professionals, yet although he is in favour of not having more than 23 players he knows that reinforcements still need to be brought in if the Costa del Sol outfit is to make an impact in the 2013-14 campaign.
Real Betis have identified Nice midfielder Didier Digard as the man they want in central midfield for the forthcoming campaign.
According to Diaro de Sevilla, Betis director of football Vlada Stosic is negotiating with the 27-year-old [pictured, right], whose contract with the French outfit runs out in June 2014.
Vladic is believed to be ready to offer €2.5m for the versatile Digard, who can also operate as a central defender and has been linked to Sevilla, Toulouse, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Malaga in recent weeks.
“We are still negotiating the renewal of his contract with Nice and can’t talk about any other offers,” commented his agent Stephan Courbis.
Digard started his career with Le Havre before subsequent spells with Paris Saint-Germain and Middlesbrough, originally joining Nice on loan in January 2010 with the deal made permanent in July 2011 for an undisclosed fee.
West Ham United are considering making a move for Sporting Gijon’s versatile midfielder/striker Oscar Trejo.
A report in La Nueva Espana claims the Hammers could even make a formal offer for the 25-year-old [pictured, left] before the weekend after being alerted to Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse’s interest in the Argentine.
The French club are understood to have made a €2.1m offer for Trejo, €400,000 more than a bid from Olympiacos last week, and the player’s agent Hernan Reguera plans to be in Gijon today to resolve his client’s future.
Even so, there are still some issues to be resolved before Trejo moves on, not least of which is that he is still allegedly owed money by Sporting, a situation that previously led him to denounce the club to the Spanish Footballers’ Association.
Trejo, who has been in Spain six years having joined Real Mallorca from Boca Juniors, was subsequently loaned out to both Elche and Rayo Vallecano before signing for the Asturians in 2011.
He is now understood to be attracted by the competitiveness of the Premier League, although Sporting may hold out for a fee of around €3m before he is allowed to leave El Molinon.
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