Oh how close it was. Real Madrid almost made it through the summer without bringing in a new Galactico for the first time in many years.
But in the end, Los Merengues brought Luka Modric over from Tottenham in a move believed to be in the region of €40 million.
Other than that, the club made a few sales, but the Croation midfielder was the only major purchase in what ended up being a rather quiet summer for the reigning champions. Of course, there is still another transfer period this season that could see the club splash even more money to improve the squad.
As it stands, there is no huge need on the squad. There are a few remaining players who were thought to be unwanted or unneeded by Jose Mourinho and if those players should move on, someone else will surely be brought in to replace them.
Specifically, there is still a chance that Kaka and Ricardo Carvalho will leave Madrid this January and if that happens, look for replacements to be sought, especially for the Brazilian midfielder.
As it stands, there are only a few options that could be pursued this winter. There are three players that continue to get linked with the club and, under the right circumstances, one or all of them could be wearing white in 2013.
Here are three players that Real Madrid may target this January.