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La Liga News: 26 August 2015; Real Madrid Midfielder Set for Real Sociedad Switch, Valencia Survive Monaco Scare

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Asier Illarramendi confirms Real Madrid to Sociedad transfer - ESPN FC
Asier Illarramendi said a return to Real Sociedad from Real Madrid was his "first option" as he moves closer to sealing a transfer back to his first club. Illarramendi, 25, signed for Los Blancos from Sociedad in 2013 but his future at the club under new coach Rafa Benitez has been the subject of conjecture.

Man United to make final Gareth Bale move - sources - ESPN FC
Manchester United will make a last big attempt to sign Gareth Bale from Real Madrid in the final week of the transfer window and hope to resolve the David De Gea situation at the same time, sources have told ESPN FC. United have a long-standing interest in Bale, which goes as far back as Real's interest in De Gea, and feel they can now finally leverage the situation to their advantage.

David de Gea saga not helpful for Man Utd or Real Madrid, says Terry Gibson | Sky Sports
The Spain international has again been left out of the United squad, this time for their vital Champions League qualifier against Club Brugge, although United boss Louis van Gaal says he will not be sold. Speaking on the latest La Liga Podcast, Gibson hinted that neither United nor Real are benefitting from dragging out the transfer saga further.

Real Madrid must improve or Rafa Benitez honeymoon will end - ESPN FC
For those who dare to dream, for those who hate hegemony, for the directors of football who must rely on brains ahead of budgets and for the fans of regional "David" clubs who hate the fact that the news is dominated by Goliath versus Goliath, these have been a good couple of weeks in Spanish football.

PSG rule out €15m Coentrao deal; Inter Milan and Monaco lead chase - Inside Spanish Football
According to Spanish radio station Cadena COPE, PSG are no longer interested in bringing Fabio Coentrao to the Parc des Princes as their first choice option Layvin Kurzawa, will likely be sold by Monaco after failing to qualify for the Champions League over Valencia.

Monaco 2-1 Valencia (Agg. 3-4): Negredo strike edges Los Che through -
Valencia dumped Monaco out of this season's Champions League despite losing 2-1 at the Stade Louis II on Tuesday, with the Spaniards progressing to the group stage 4-3 on aggregate. With Los Che having triumphed 3-1 at Mestalla last week, Alvaro Negredo looked to have put the outcome beyond all doubt when he found the back of the net after just four minutes of play in the principality with a sublime chipped effort.

Valencia in Pot 2 for CL draw | Football Espana
Valencia will join Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid in Pot 2 for Thursday’s Champions League draw, with Barcelona first seeds and Sevilla unclear. Thursday’s draw will be the first time one country has five representatives in the group stages of the Champions League after Los Che beat Monaco in a play-off.

Valencia to sign Monaco's Aymen Abdennour following Champions League qualification - Inside Spanish Football
Valencia advanced to the Champions League Group Stage with their aggregate win over AS Monaco, but the real story was happening behind the scenes as Los Che reached an agreement to sign centre-back Aymen Abdennour from Monaco, pending their qualification. Valencia confirmed their place in the Champions League on Tuesday evening and with it, look to finalise the €25 million transfer for Abdennour, who is coming in as the replacement for Nicolas Otamendi, who joined Manchester City last week.

Llorente set for Sevilla medical | WhoScored
Llorente, 30, will reportedly sign a three or four-year contract with the Rojiblancos marking his return to La Liga after two years with Juventus. The Serie A champions had been hoping to fetch €10m (£7.3m) for the former Athletic Bilbao striker, but according to reports, Sevilla have managed to lower their demands.

Arsenal make Krychowiak bid? | Football Espana
The British Press believes Arsenal have made a €21m offer to Sevilla for midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak. AS cites the Daily Express as claiming the Gunners will have their approach rejected as Sevilla count on the Poland international, and any interested party will have to meet his €25m release clause.

Celta want to extend Nolito contract | Football Espana
Celta Vigo President Carlos Mourino has revealed the club intend to extend the contract of Barcelona target Nolito. Mourino has spoken to the Vigo Press and the subject of Nolito came up, with Mourino insisting there has been no contact from Barca regarding the forward, who has said he would only leave if his €18m clause is met.

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