The Crazy Transfer Rumours of Real Madrid

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After being sacked by Tottenham in October 2008 due to a dismal start to the season, Juande Ramos' appointment as Real Madrid manager two months later raised many English eyebrows. Those arched 'brows went higher up the faces of the public the following month when rumours of Ramos' transfer targets came to light.

The days of the Real Madrid galacticos - such as the £38m acquisition of Luis Figo or the £46m signing of Zinedine Zidane - may be a thing of the past, but the reputation surrounding the Spanish club is of such high standing that the players signed must be deemed worthy of playing for one of Europe's elite.

However, after signing Portsmouth's Lassana Diarra for £20m, and with Real Madrid searching for a new right-sided midfielder, Ramos' link to the English game were well documented by the media.

His love affair with Tottenham began in 2005 when, as Sevilla manager, he signed striker Frederic Kanoute for a fee of around £4m. Two seasons later Ramos had gone the opposite way, replacing Martin Jol as Spurs manager. With only a year in charge, Ramos spent big at Tottenham including the signings of Heurelho Gomes £7.8m, Roman Pavlyuchenko for £14m and David Bentley for £15m.

Bentley was Ramo's most expensive signing at Tottenham and one of the first names linked to join him at Real Madrid. Bentley's teammate Aaron Lennon was also linked with a move to the Bernabeu, despite neither of the players being regular international players, or indeed regulars under Ramos for Tottenham.

Next to be linked to Real Madrid was Aston Villa's in-form winger Ashley Young but Martin O'Neill quickly quashed the buzz by stating he wasn't for sale. It was also rumoured that Middlesbrough youngster Adam "Jinky" Johnson was on Real Madrid's shortlist - a story that flattered the Boro player but also one that got him a lot of stick from his teammates in training.

Perhaps the most bizarre of the links was Liverpool's reserve winger Jermaine Pennant. Newspapers carried stories of the former Birmingham player twice turning down contracts from Real Madrid. It then looked as if he was set for a loan move to a struggling Premiership side before AC Milan apparently declared their interest in him. Normality was returned when Pennant agreed to go on loan to Portsmouth.

The rumours of Real Madrid looking for a right midfielder from England eventually came true on 31st January when West Ham's Julien Faubert joined on loan.

Victoria Cochrane writes for a digital marketing agency. This article has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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