Real Madrid is currently 13 points behind Barcelona, yet a January refresh to inspire the club doesn't seem to be coming. According to the Globe and the Mail, Jose Mourinho and the club won't be buyers once the transfer window opens next month.
“I don’t think we will do anything in the month of January,” Mourinho told reporters. He even added that the club is unlikely to move Kaka: “And I don’t believe Kaka will go either. If he stays it’s good for the team.”
With Madrid struggling, however, it would be a huge mistake for the club not to make any moves.
The team's recent poor form has led to quite a few rumors and distractions. Cristiano Ronaldo is rumored to be unhappy with how things are going at the club, and Jose Mourinho's future has been thrown into question.
Madrid need to undoubtedly add some spark to their team. There is no question about the talent and potential of the team that won La Liga last season, topping the league with 100 points to Barcelona's 91. They have proved they still are a top squad with their results in Champions League play, advancing through the group of death with little trouble.
That said, they've already lost more league games this season than they did all of last year. They've also struggled in King's Cup play, losing to Celta Vigo in the first leg of that tie.
And the club has been linked to the likes of Gareth Bale, Falcao and Ashley Cole. Bale would be a nice signing should Cristiano Ronaldo decide to look elsewhere. Falcao would offer even more firepower up front, but that move seems unlikely as Falcao appears destined for Chelsea. And Cole would be a nice signing as he's probably the best left-back in the world.
Those big-name signings might never come to fruition, but Real Madrid could use at least a few new players to change the dynamic of the team. Some form of activity would show the players in the dressing room that the team needs to do better, and if the players won't improve, they will be replaced.
Madrid have really struggled in defensive midfield and could use a player that would be able to hold up the ball better and get the attack going. Daniele De Rossi would be a great fit in the middle, especially with Xabi Alonso's ongoing contract situation.
In addition, there's no reason for Madrid not to sell Kaka. He's rarely been used and has fallen out of favor. While his cost isn't a huge deal for the deep-pocketed Madrid, there's no real reason for the 30-year-old to rot on the bench.
Madrid have the pieces to make a run and at least put some pressure on Barcelona, even though the league title may already be out of reach. If they can get into better form, then they at least have a shot to be competitive in the Champions League.
Spicing up the squad is one way to achieve better form and add some competition in the hopes of inspiring the rest of the team.