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La Liga News: 17 July 2015; Real Madrid Up Kiko Casilla Offer, Valencia Drop Nicolas Otamendi Hint

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Sergio Ramos will stay at Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez | Sky Sports
Manchester United transfer target Sergio Ramos will be staying at Real Madrid, according to new Real manager Rafael Benitez. United made a £28.6m bid for the Spain international defender in June, with Sky sources understanding Ramos wanted to leave the Bernabeu and head to Old Trafford.

‘Ramos can be great Madrid captain’ | Football Espana
Rafa Benitez has hailed Sergio Ramos’ professionalism in light of speculation about his future and believes he can be a "great" Real Madrid captain. The defender has been heavily linked with Manchester United in recent times after reportedly growing unhappy with life in the Spanish capital, but his Coach is adamant that he will stay and prove a capable heir to Iker Casillas in wearing the armband.

Madrid to sign Casilla today? | Football Espana
Real Madrid are being tipped to secure Kiko Casilla’s signature by the end of the day after raising their bid for the Espanyol goalkeeper to €6m. According to reports in Spain, the two clubs look to have settled on a fee, despite the Catalans’ desire for Los Blancos to send Under-19 starlet Marco Asensio the other way.

Nicolas Otamendi left out of Valencia kit launch as he looks to force Man Utd move | Off The Post
Nicolas Otamendi has been left out of Valencia’s kit launch as he looks to force a move to Manchester United, Marca report. The defender, who has apparently told teammates and members of his entourage that he wants a move to United this summer, has been locked in a battle with the Spanish club as he looks to force a move away before Valencia return to pre-season training on July 26.

Filipe Luis finalising Atletico Madrid return - Inside Spanish Football
According to the Mirror, Filipe Luis has been given the go-ahead from Chelsea to complete his move back to the Vicente Calderon as the reigning English Premier League champions have lined up his replacement in 20-year-old Augsburg defender Abdul Baba Rahman.

Atletico Madrid transfers face hard start La Liga fixtures - ESPN FC
With the additions of Luciano Vietto, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco and now Jackson Martinez, the summer could not be going any better for Atletico Madrid. They have received good money for some older players, a couple of whom were surplus to requirements.

Valencia sizing up Valdes | WhoScored
The Spanish side are desperately looking for a high class ‘keeper with Alves ruled out for up to six months following knee surgery in May. Nuno’s side have already been unsuccessful in their attempts to capture Real Sociedad shot-stopper Rulli and Roberto from Olympiacos, but are now interested in luring Valdes away from United after Louis van Gaal yesterday revealed he is up for sale.

Official: Malaga sign Cop | Football Espana
Malaga have completed the signing of striker Duje Cop from Dinamo Zagreb on a season-long loan, with the view to a permanent transfer next summer. The 25-year-old spent the second half of the previous campaign at Cagliari, scoring four goals in 16 appearances, but could not stop the Sardinans’ relegation to Serie B.

Cristhian Stuani set to join Middlesbrough after Espanyol accept £2.8m bid for Uruguay striker | Daily Mail Online
Middlesbrough have agreed a fee to sign Uruguay striker Cristhian Stuani from Espanyol. The 28-year-old is set to join Boro on a permanent transfer worth a reported £2.8million, with half of the fee going to his former club Reggina. A statement from Espanyol read: 'The Uruguay striker will join Middlesbrough once he passes a medical and signs his contract with the English club.

Official: Granada sign Fernandez | Football Espana
Granada have landed goalkeeper Andres Fernandez from Porto on a season-long loan. The 28-year-old moved to Estadio do Dragao for €2.5m from Osasuna last summer but played just four matches in 2014-15. Despite the departure of fellow shot-stopper Fabiano to Fenerbahce, Iker Casillas’ arrival from Real Madrid has once more closed the door on first-team recognition for Fernandez.

Papy Djilobodji closing in on Celta Vigo move | Get French Football News
Nantes defender Papy Djilobodji has agreed a provisional contract with Spanish side Celta Vigo, but Les Canaris have yet to reach an agreement with the La Liga outfit over a transfer fee.

Elche decision set for Monday | Football Espana
Elche will finally discover their fate for next season on Monday after Spain’s National Court granted the club an injunction. Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected Elche’s appeal against their administrative relegation, enforced by Spain’s Professional Football League (LFP), but the Valencians will now able to detail their plan to settle outstanding tax bills to the country’s high court in Madrid.

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