Madrid accelerate transfer plans?

Real Madrid are ready to push through deals for Miralem Pjanic and Lucas Lima and sell Karim Benzema, according to the Spanish Press.

Mundo Deportivo is adamant that the threat of a transfer ban is looming large on Los Blancos’ agenda, therefore forcing the club to accelerate their plans in the market.

Their primary target, Marca believes, is Pjanic, whose playmaking ability and penchant for set-pieces have caught the eye.

The Bosnian, who has also been linked with Barcelona, given Luis Enrique took him to Roma in 2011, confessed his admiration for Madrid after he helped Lyon to defeat them in the Champions League last 16 five years ago.

“Yes, Real are my team. I’ve always liked to watch them play. Who knows, maybe someday I’ll play there with my great friend Karim Benzema,” he admitted.

AS, meanwhile, reports Florentino Perez will meet with the agent of Lucas Lima over the possibility of landing the Santos midfielder in January after positive scout reports.

The 25-year-old has become a mainstay in the Brazil squad this year, but Madrid’s non-EU quota has already been filled by Danilo, Casemiro and James Rodriguez, while Lucas Silva is due to return from Marseille.

Lucas is also being tracked by numerous clubs from Italy and England and reportedly valued at €20m, but his inner circle are thought to have prioritised the Santiago Bernabeu.

Finally, Perez’s frustrations with Benzema as he risks imprisonment for his role in the alleged Mathieu Valbuena blackmail plot could see the President sell the striker, opening up a void for another new arrival.

However, it may not be Alvaro Morata, with Tuttosport writing Juventus are hoping Madrid’s purported transfer ban will keep the attacker in Turin.

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