As the winter transfer window approaches, Real Madrid will be linked with several potential transfers for players of all types.
Despite being blessed with several talented attackers—from Cristiano Ronaldo to Gonzalo Higuain, Angel Di Maria and Karim Benzema—Los Blancos have already been linked with a number of forwards and attacking midfielders.
Here are five names that have been mentioned in the media.
Club: Atletico Madrid
Radamel Falcao lit up Europe last season with 36 goals in all competitions, including a double in the UEFA Europa League final. He's at it again this season, with 13 goals in all competitions, including 10 in La Liga.
Either way, any transfer would be expensive. Falcao is rumored to be valued at £45 million (via Daily Mail).
Club: Tottenham Hotspur
The Daily Mail reported in September that Real Madrid were "in pole position" to sign Gareth Bale. The Welsh winger is reportedly valued at £45 million, and the Mail claimed Real Madrid have the right of first refusal due to an agreement with Spurs.
Tottenham denied that the agreement between the clubs includes a provision about Bale (via Metro).
Bale can also play in defense.
Club: Manchester United
The Sun reported in October that Mexican international forward Javier Hernandez would be a Real Madrid transfer target for about £30 million.
Hernandez has received less playing time this season after the arrival of Dutch forward Robin van Persie. He has scored 37 goals in all competitions for United since arriving from Chivas in 2010.
Club: Manchester City
In September, Sergio Aguero revealed that he would have joined Real Madrid in 2011 if the club had made an offer for him. Instead, he joined Manchester City (via ESPN FC).
That does not mean Real Madrid are interested in Aguero. For now, any speculation over a move to Real Madrid is only that: speculation.
Based on his recent statements (for example, this one from Goal.com), it is highly unlikely Neymar will leave Santos in January or even next summer.
Nonetheless, the 20-year-old Brazilian forward is perhaps the most sought-after player in the world football transfer market. Almost inevitably, Real Madrid have been linked with a move for him (via ESPN FC).
For now, though, Neymar's future is only a guessing game.