Luka Modric has the "perfect" profile for AC Milan, says Paolo Maldini, but their interest never went any further than admiration.
We round up the front and back pages across Europe as Thursday sees the transfer rumour mill crank into gear once again.
He may be prolific from penalties, but new Real Madrid signing Eden Hazard will let captain Sergio Ramos carry on taking the spot-kicks.
After Eden Hazard's move to Real Madrid was confirmed, we've taken a look at other Premier League superstars to join LaLiga's big two.
After his poor performance against Rayo Vallecano, Predrag Mijatovic talked up Luka Modric's future at Real Madrid.
Radomir Antic claimed Luka Modric's Ballon d'Or win made no sense, but Zinedine Zidane does not agree.
Thibaut Courtois is still not involved for Real Madrid, but several other star men will return against Valencia.
Zinedine Zidane is without a host of first-team regulars against Huesca, while there is likely to be a place on the bench for his son, Luca.
Karim Benzema scored a second-half brace as Raphael Varane and Luka Modric were also on target for Real Madrid at Real Valladolid.
Jose Mourinho is open to a return to Real Madrid, but the club's current coach Santiago Solari appears relaxed about the rumours.