Real Madrid Transfer Rumors: 5 Players They Will Be Going After in January
Despite having a pretty solid team, Real Madrid will be going after some players in the January transfer window.
Compared to previous years, Los Merengues had a quiet 2012 summer window in terms of arrivals, with only Luka Modric and Michael Essien joining the club—though the Ghanian was only brought in on loan.
There are some areas of the pitch which Madrid could strengthen regardless of their position come January.
Here are five players that Real Madrid will be going after in January.
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After Sergio Aguero admitted that he would have joined Real Madrid last summer if given the chance, Los Blancos could very well make a run at the Argentinian in January (via Goal.com).
Should Madrid go after Aguero, they would be casting doubt on the future of either Gonzalo Higuain or Karim Benzema.
It's hard to see either player being tempted to move elsewhere during January, but Madrid could certainly move things along if they really wanted to get their man.
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Radamel Falcao could be another potential target for the club. The Colombian forward's father told the Daily Mail that his son would be interested in a move to Real Madrid.
The player himself has downplayed that idea, but anything could happen in January (via Goal.com).
On his current form, Falcao would certainly be an upgrade on either of Madrid's forwards, but he would come at a very steep price.
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Right-back is one area of need for Real Madrid, and Jose Mourinho is likely to enter the market in January to strengthen that position.
Madrid reportedly decided against signing Maicon before the window closed, and other options like Cesar Azpilicueta and Gregory Van Der Wiel were snapped up by Chelsea and PSG, respectively (via DailyMail).
Mathieu Debuchy was linked to the club during the summer and would provide the club with the more attack-oriented right-back it needs (h/t ESPN Soccernet).
Real Madrid could do with another combative central midfielder in the squad, and Lucas Biglia has been linked to the club before (via DailyMail).
The club did acquire Luka Modric and Michael Essien over the summer, which gives them four players, including Xabi Alonso and Sami Khedira, for the two spots in their usual 4-2-3-1 formation.
Should an injury occur to Mesut Ozil, signing a player like Biglia could alleviate any problems in terms of depth. If that were to happen, Modric could then be moved into the German's position and still give Mourinho plenty of options further back.
Kaka is surplus to requirements and has yet to play a game for the team. That leaves Modric as the best option to replace Ozil. He may even become a starter if the German goes through a bad patch of form.
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If the Daily Mail's rumour about Real Madrid being the best-placed team to sign Gareth Bale due to their partnership with Tottenham is true, this deal could happen at any time.
According to the Metro, Tottenham denied there was any such agreement between the clubs.
Gareth Bale would provide cover on the left side for Ronaldo and even give Jose Mourinho the option of placing his favourite Portuguese player as a forward should he consider it necessary in any given game.
Whether or not the Daily Mail's article is true, a deal like that could happen if Mourinho thinks he should add a new attacking dimension to his squad by signing the Welshman.