Real keep Pedretti in mind
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Real Madrid could consider Benoit Pedretti as an alternative midfield target.
Real Madrid could consider Benoit Pedretti as an alternative midfield target if their bid for Everton's Thomas Gravesen collapses.
Gravesen was training on Merseyside on Thursday morning despite reports that an offer from Real is set to be tabled in the next 24 hours with Spanish sources claiming the Dane has already given his assent to the move.
Everton remain desperate to keep such a pivotal figure in their fine campaign, even though he is out of contract in the summer, and Real could line up Pedretti just in case they fail to land their top target.
Real's Florentino Perez is an admirer of the Marseille star and a loan deal could be requested.
The Spanish titans are also reported to be keeping tabs on Cruziero's Chilean midfielder Claudio Maldonado who has rejected a move to Porto.
The South American is understood to be holding out for a possible switch to the Santiago Bernabeu and has spurned the advances of the reigning UEFA Champions League holders.
Meanwhile, l'OM are continuing to ponder offering a deal to Kashima Antlers defender Koji Nakata.
The 25-year-old Japan international is well known to coach Philippe Troussier but the player has to convince the club to buy him during a trial at Stade Velodrome.
"We have to see how we can adapt," said general manager Pape Diouf. "He is not yet a Marseille player."