TRANSFER WINDOW: Five Players Who Can Improve Real Madrid

Posted: December 14, 2012 in Transfer Window
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With Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid side languishing an embarrassing 11 points behind arch-rival Barcelona in the La Liga table, many Madridistas have become openly frustrated with the Portuguese coach. It was supposed to be Real Madrid’s year and they have shown, at least head-to-head that they are a match for their historic rivals.

It has been widely rumoured that Mourinho will be stepping down at the end of the season. With Cristiano Ronaldo showing visible signs of frustration, rumours of infighting and injuries to players like Marcelo and Benzema, it looks unlikely that the team’s fortunes will turn around. Perhaps, one or two impact signing could improve the team’s results on the field and salvage the season.

With La Liga likely out of their grasps, a good signing might help Mourinho and Ronaldo accomplish what they were brought into to do, that is win the team a historic tenth Champions League title.

Nani, Winger
Transfer Value: 36.5 Million Euros


The Portuguese star has been hampered by injuries and inconsistency over the last calendar year but there is no denying his talent. He is rumoured to have fallen out with Sir Alex and may push a move this January in order to rejuvenate his career. He has been strongly linked with moves to Serie A giants and most recently Arsenal.

The potential benefit to both player and club is just two great. Nani is a dynamic player and could provide new impetus to Madrid’s struggling attack. He could provide an excellent alternative to Angel di Maria who has been disappointing somewhat this year. Ronaldo would more than welcome the move, having played with Nani at Manchester United and currently with Portugal.

Wesley Sneijder, Attacking Midfielder
Transfer Value: 28 Million Euros


The Dutch playmaker played his best futebol in the 2009-2010 season at Inter Milan when Mourinho was his manager. Since then, his quality has dipped considerable, so much so that he is no longer an automatic starter. His relationship with the club has soured greatly as well. Most recently he was asked to take a pay cut if he wants to re-sign with the club which he interpreted as a deliberate attempt to get him out.

Sneijder is a former Real player and might still harbour some bitter feelings after being dropped by them in 2009. However, he might fancy a chance to reunite with Mourinho. Plus, he would be an excellent alternative to Mesut Ozil who iswidely inconsistent. Sneijder is more of the kind of player that Real Madrid need than Modric is.

Gareth Bale, Left Back, Midfielder
Transfer Value: 40 Million Euros

Tottenham Hotspur's Bale celebrates after scoring during their English Premier League soccer match against Manchester City in Manchester

A transfer that has been rumoured for a few years now. Bale is a wickedly dynamic player and Real need some help in the left-back position with injuries to Marcelo and Fabio Coentrao. Coentrao’s name has been rumoured to be involved in a potential deal to bring Bale to the Bernabeu. There’s no denying Bale’s offensive talent but he does lack good defensive instincts. Coentrao is a much more balanced player and is a suitable replacement.

It is unlikely however that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas, in his first season at White Hart Lane would let another of his highly prized assets going when he is struggling to hold on to a Champions League place. But Bale might want to go to a place where he could win trophies. Tottenham might find Real, a better alternative to Bale leaving for City or Chelsea and decide to cash in on him now.

Radamel Falcao, Striker
Transfer Value: 50 Million Euros


The Columbian, who currently ranks second in La Liga scoring next to only Lionel Messi has been linked with Real Madrid since his time at Porto. With the recent injury to Karim Benzema, the team is noticeably light up front. Falcao is easily the best option for Mourinho, and it is well known that he prefers Real Madrid.

Like with Bale and Tottenham, it is unlikely that Atletico Madrid would agree to transfer their greatest asset when they are currently trying to nail down a Champions league spot for the coming season especially to their cross-town rival. But don’t rule this one out entirely. Atletico’s financial troubles are widely known and Real Madrid might make a big push if they are serious about salvaging something from this season.

Sergio Aguero, Striker
Transfer Value: 51 Million Euros


Another player that has long been linked to Real Madrid. Aguero is a more multi-faceted centre-forward than Benzema and his countrymen Higuain. He was a big part of Manchester City’s success last year but so far this campaign he has struggled with fitness. But as a more mobile player, Aguero would fit in well and probably form a great scoring tandem with Cristiano Ronaldo.

From Roberto Mancini’s standpoint, this deal wouldn’t make sense and it is the least likely to happen on this list. But Aguero may welcome a move back to the Spanish capital where he spent 5 seasons with Atletico Madrid. This is clearly a position where Real Madrid need the most help and Florentino Perez may just push the issue.

  1. FutbolPulse says:

    Real Madrid needs to make good decisions when the transfer window opens. They are doing terrible in La Liga, and it is unlikely that they will win now that they are 11 points behind Barcelona. With Falcao, Atletico Madrid has had a wonderful season, and they continue to stay a comfortable distance ahead of Real Madrid. If nothing changes, Madrid will end in an embarrassing 3rd in La Liga, something which hasn’t happened since the 2003-04 season. Great post! Check out my blog at

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