Real Madrid Transfers: 3 Potential Additions for January
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.
Right back remains the biggest, well really the only, question mark for Jose Mourinho.
Many fans see Alavaro Arbeloa's reliable, but short of elite play as enough to satisfy the needs of the club. But this past summer implied that such was not the case.
Real Madrid was linked to a variety of right backs including Maicon and Gregory van der Wiel. Most of the targeted players have been signed by other clubs, but at least one remains.
Matheiu Debuchy was a rumored last-minute transfer target of Los Merengues who see the French international as the perfect addition to their squad.
If Arbeloa fails to perform up to standard or goes down to injury, Mourhino could go after Lille's prized defender this winter.
At the moment, Real Madrid has more youth products on the team that at any other period since Jose Mourinho's arrival at the club. It would not be a stretch to think that a few more could be added this season, especially if a key injured is had.
One player who is likely to get time even without full promotion is Jese Rodriguez.
After lighting up the Under-19 European Championships this past summer, many thought a full promotion to the first team was in order. However, with the senior team set up front, the 19-year-old happily stayed in Segunda B and has had a solid start to the new season, even shining in the mini-Clasico against Barça B.
Should one of Madrid's forwards go down or should Mourinho see the need for more rotation up front, Jese could get an early promotion this January.
This one is extremely unlikely to happen as the Atletico Madrid striker will almost certainly stay with Real's local rival.
Despite the the Colombian's father recently claiming that his son dreamed of a move to Real Madrid, the forward has reiterated that he is very happy with Los Rojiblancos and has no intention of leaving the club.
Of course, with over € 150 million due in taxes, if Diego Simeone's club were to greatly under-perform in the first half of the season—which would not be the first time such a talented squad did so—it could force the club to sell their prized asset in order to make up for the presumed loss in revenue.
Still, expect to see Falcao in red and white for the foreseeable future.