Real Madrid insiders refuse to rule out a last minute swoop for Bayern Munich ace Franck Ribery. Real president Florentino Perez is an expert at deadline day deals, having brought both Sergio Ramos and former star Ronaldo to Madrid in similar arrangements.

AS says the joker Perez could play is Rafael van der Vaart. Bayern coach Louis van Gaal wants to sign the midfielder and would be open to a swap deal.

With his contract winding down, Ribery could leave Bayern for £50 million today - but in 12 months' time, the Germans will be lucky to get £20 million for the winger.