Old Trafford side linked with Bernabeu legends!
After 16 illustrious seasons at Real Madrid, Raul has reportedly decided to leave the Bernabeu, and several clubs are queuing up to snap up the veteran striker.
Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson has already expressed interest in signing the 32-year-old, and according to Spanish reports, Blackburn Rovers , Schalke and Sampdoria, as well as several Major League Soccer sides, will battle the Red Devils for his signature.
Real Madrid are due to allow Raul to leave on a free transfer, a year before his contract expires.
Raul scored seven goals in 37 appearances for Real Madrid last season – a campaign cut short by an ankle injury.
He has bagged 228 goals in a stellar career for Los Blancos, ranking sixth in the club’s all-time top goal-scorer list. (IMScouting)
Real Madrid and Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas has confirmed that he is a target for both Manchester United and Manchester City.
The 29-year-old has spent the whole of his career to date at the Santiago Bernabeu and is in no rush to leave, unless Real decide to cash in.
Casillas, told the Daily Star Sunday: “I am aware of the interest of both Manchester United and City. I’m always flattered whenever another club shows interest in my qualities as a goalkeeper.
“I have been at Real Madrid all my career and I still enjoy going to training every day. I enjoy meeting the fans too, but we all know how uncertain things are in football.
“I’m not going to say never. Right now Madrid would have to kick me out of the club before I consider a move.
“Who knows what will happen, though, if a big-money offer comes in.” (Independent)
Before anyone decides to try and attack COS with an axe over these rumours, remember these come from the sources quoted. Could they come to fruition? Well one has a very slight chance of completion (Raul) and the other is almost certainly not going to happen any time soon (Casillas).
To be honest I can not see Sir Alex Ferguson signing Raul. At 32 he could be a little too long in the tooth and would probably command a massive pay packet. Much like the Michael Owen situation only three years older, albeit without the horrendous injury concerns.
Casillas would of course be a perfect long term replacement for Edwin Van der Sar but I can’t see him ever leaving the Bernabeu. He may just be looking for a message of reassurance from new boss Jose Mourinho.