It's getting to be pretty late in the summer transfer window, which means it's time for the true madness to begin. Yesterday, we heard the rather fanciful rumors linking big-name benchwarmers Cesc Fàbregas and James Rodriguez with Real Madrid and Chelsea, respectively, but instead of collapsing under the weight of their own BS, these rumors emerged a bit stronger after a good night's sleep.
Silent James is now being linked with another massive transfer deal involving not-so-silent Juventus — this one for a bit of loose change at €75m — while Fàbregas's fate was brought up as a topic of conversation with Zinedine Zidane. The Real Madrid manager claims that he doesn't want to sell James and that he's happy with his squad as is, but he certainly goes about answering the Cesc question in a rather odd and elaborate way.
"If you want to put another central midfielder into the mix then it becomes complicated. Cesc is a great player but it is not very straightforward."
"I am going to end up with a squad where three or four players do not get selected. To therefore put another player in there makes it difficult."
-Zinedine Zidane; source: FourFourTwo
Instead of just laughing it off, Zidane delves into his dilemma of having too many midfield cooks already. Well, how about we take Modrić off his hands?
In all seriousness, this is still nothing to worry about, although if there's one Barcelona son who'd have the audacity to switch to Real Madrid, it probably would be Cesc, who's already traded anti-Mourinho Arsenal and Barcelona for very much a pro-Mourinho Chelsea once.