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La Liga News: 19 July 2016; Andre Gomes Nearing Real Madrid Move, Atletico Madrid Play Down Diego Costa Link

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Gomes getting nearer Madrid | Football Espana
Valencia and Real Madrid are close to agreeing a deal for Andre Gomes to move to Santiago Bernabeu. Marca reports Gomes will become Los Blancos’ first signing of the summer, not counting the return from Juventus of Alvaro Morata, as Los Che have slightly lowered their €65m asking price for the midfielder.

Real Madrid's Borja Mayoral nearing Wolfsburg move - Klaus Allofs - ESPN FC
Wolfsburg are closing in on the signing of Real Madrid forward Borja Mayoral, the Bundesliga club's sporting executive Klaus Allofs has said. Earlier this month, Mayoral, 19, was linked with Wolfsburg after making six La Liga appearances for Los Blancos last season.

Real Madrid could do with some reinforcements in key positions - ESPN FC
"Are we not going to sign a single player this summer," is the question on every Madridista's mind during these long summer weeks in the wake of Euro 2016. Getting close to the end of July without major news to report, Real Madrid supporters have started to wonder and, in some cases, already feel some degree of concern.

Cristiano Ronaldo vows to return stronger from Euro 2016 final injury | Sky Sports
The Real Madrid star, who played a key part in leading his country to a maiden major title, limped off in tears with a knee injury in the first half of the final against the tournament hosts earlier in July. According to reports in the British media, the 31-year-old has a knee ligament injury, and Spanish sports daily Marca claim he is unlikely to return to action before Real's third game of the domestic La Liga season.

Atleti rule out Bacca swoop | Football Espana
Enrique Cerezo has ruled out the possibility of Atletico Madrid signing Milan striker Carlos Bacca or any other Serie A forward this summer. Links between Bacca and Atleti had intensified after the former Sevilla man admitted he wanted to join a club "fighting for the Champions League", despite interest from West Ham United, but Cerezo insists no Italy-based attackers are headed for the Vicente Calderon.

Atletico Madrid play down links with Chelsea striker Diego Costa | Sky Sports
Costa joined Chelsea from Atletico in 2014 for £32m but he failed to live up to his impressive first campaign in the Premier League as the 2014-15 champions struggled for consistent form in their bid to retain the title last season.

Mesa to Sevilla breaks down? | Football Espana
Roque Mesa’s proposed transfer from Las Palmas to Sevilla has reportedly broken down at the 11th hour. According to AS, everything indicated on Friday that Mesa would complete his move to Sevilla by the end of the weekend, yet the deal now seems to be off.