We take a look at some of the biggest stories regarding Real Madrid doing the rounds today.

Neymar would like Marcelo for Barcelona

MADRID, SPAIN - MARCH 23: Neymar of Barcelona is closed down by Marcelo of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu on March 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

MADRID, SPAIN – MARCH 23: Neymar of Barcelona is closed down by Marcelo of Real Madrid during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and FC Barcelona at the Bernabeu on March 23, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

In a recent interview with CNN, the Brazilian was asked which player he would pick from arch rivals Real Madrid to be a part of Barcelona. The 24-year-old, who is one-third of the infamous MSN trio also comprising of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez, was respectful of Real Madrid’s own attacking trio of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema, but picked none of them.

“They are star footballers who are respected. Cristiano Ronaldo has won the Ballon d’Or three times (now four) and Bale is having a great season,” he said. “Benzema is a great striker who I think is a superstar. It’s a good battle, a healthy battle which we have in the Clásico.” But on being asked about who he would pick for Barcelona, he chose his Brazilian teammate Marcelo. The duo feature regularly for the Brazilian national team and are known to be good friends off the pitch.

Real Madrid were close to signing Andre Gomes

BARCELONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 10: Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper trophy match between FC Barcelona and UC Sampdoria at Camp Nou on August 10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

BARCELONA, SPAIN – AUGUST 10: Andre Gomes of FC Barcelona looks on during the Joan Gamper trophy match between FC Barcelona and UC Sampdoria at Camp Nou on August 10, 2016 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

The Portuguese international was subject to interest from a number of clubs like Real Madrid, Juventus, Chelsea and Manchester United among others, before he ultimately signed for Barcelona in a deal rumoured to be worth around €50 million, including add-ons. However, Valencia Sporting Director Jesus Garcia Pitarch recently revealed that Real Madrid were close to signing the 23-year-old.

In a report by Spanish publication MARCA, he revealed that Valencia initially wanted to send him to Juventus, with Simeone Zaza and  Hernanes coming to the Mestalla as a part of a exchange deal. “This summer we tried to sign him [Zaza] before the frustrated situation with Andre to Real Madrid,” he said. “We wanted to do a deal with Juventus that included Zaza and Hernanes but Andre preferred to discard Juve and so it was ruled out. However, despite Real’s interest in the player and rumours of him agreeing personal terms with the club doing the rounds, he ultimately chose to go to Barcelona.”

Ramos made Carvajal apologise

Real Madrid's defender Dani Carvajal (L) and Real Madrid's defender Sergio Ramos celebrate their victory at the end the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on May 4, 2016. Real Madrid won 1-0. / AFP / CESAR MANSO (Photo credit should read CESAR MANSO/AFP/Getty Images)

Real Madrid’s defender Dani Carvajal (L) and Real Madrid’s defender Sergio Ramos celebrate their victory at the end the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg football match Real Madrid CF vs Manchester City FC at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on May 4, 2016. Real Madrid won 1-0. / AFP

In the most recent edition of the El Clasico, Sergio Ramos ensured that points were shared at the end of match with a stunning last minute equaliser. Needless to say, emotions were running high amongst the players and Dani Carvajal, in the midst of celebrating with his teammates, made a vulgar gesture to the Barcelona fans in the Nou Camp. According to a report in AS, Sergio Ramos being the leader that he is, insisted that Dani Carvajal send a message to Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta apologising for showing the middle finger to the home fans. The 24-year-old later took to twitter to post this tweet, which translates to “I would like to apologize for the gesture to a section of the stand responding to the insults. This is something that should not be done.”