Inactivity and threat of departures mar Real Madrid off-season: 2016/17 Primera Liga preview | The National
European champions Real Madrid have yet to sign a superstar galactico in the close season. Zinedine Zidane’s side, who also lifted the European Super Cup last week by defeating Sevilla, welcomed back Alvaro Morata from Juventus, plus Marco Asensio who was on loan at Espanyol last term.
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard wanted by Rennes on loan - ESPN FC
Rennes manager Christian Gourcuff is hopeful that his club can complete the loan signing of Real Madrid's Martin Odegaard for the upcoming Ligue 1 season. Odegaard, 17, is being allowed to leave the European champions this month in order to help aid the attacking midfielder's development.
Stable and confident, Atletico Madrid will be near the top again: 2016/17 Primera Liga preview | The National
It is the last season at the Calderon before a move to a 70,000-seater stadium farther north in Spain’s capital. The Uefa Champions League final runners-up did not go for Diego Costa as expected to link up with Antoine Griezmann, but Kevin Gameiro from Sevilla. Fernando Torres finished the season well, but he was average until March. The Calderon idol will still have a part to play.
Valencia sign Watford's Mario Suarez on season-long loan - ESPN FC
Valencia have signed midfielder Mario Suarez from Premier League outfit Watford on a season-long loan deal. Suarez, 29, arrives at Mestalla after not being included in Hornets manager Walter Mazzarri's squad for their opening day 1-1 draw at Southampton.
Manchester City youngster Manu Garcia loaned to Alaves - ESPN FC
Manchester City midfielder Manu Garcia has joined newly promoted La Liga club Alaves on a season-long loan. Garcia, 18, made his first competitive start for City in the FA Cup in February and then made his Premier League debut the following month, but he will now seek to secure more regular football with Alaves.