It’s transfer time once again, as the January window opens up for business. We will never quite know exactly who is on Jose Mourinho’s Real Madrid shopping list, but a few names keep cropping up in the same back pages of the world’s newspapers.
Whether or not the rumours turn out to be fact or fiction, this article will look at the players who fans dream of seeing arrive at the Santiago Bernabeu. Much has been said about Real Madrid’s season thus far; the 3-2 loss to Malaga was an unwelcome Christmas gift, while dropping Iker Casillas saw Mourinho receive a hornets storm of criticism.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez may look to restore some hope by spending big on new players in an attempt to avoid facing oblivion from rivals Barcelona. Madrid have always been a super power in football, and with that comes super names being linked to the club.
Here are just a few big names that could tip the balance back in Mourinho’s favour.
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However, landing him might be a colossal task for those with cash to spend in Spain. Marca (via Football-Espana.net) claimed Madrid could snap up Bale for €30 million, but conflicting reports suggest Tottenham want more than double that amount.
Whatever his price tag may be, one thing is for sure: The majority of Madridistas would agree Bale to Madrid would be the biggest story to happen at the club since Jose Mourinho’s arrival in 2010.
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As fans envisage the Colombian striker teaming up with Ronaldo in attack, Radamel Garcia, the Atletico Madrid player’s dad is having similar views.
Speaking to 'El Gran debate de Todelar' (via Sky Sports) back in September, Falcao’s father said his son's dream was to play for Real. However, the Spanish giants would need around €60 million to get their man. It’s not all about money, though, as Atletico Madrid may not be willing to sell him to a direct rival and long-time enemy.
Nevertheless, Falcao is a natural born finisher, and he could help Mourinho's squad close the gap on Barcelona.
Neymar say never
Knitting Neymar’s future together is a complex task if widespread reports over his next move are to be believed. But, the Brazilian has long been linked with Madrid among several other powerful clubs, as Barcelona, Chelsea and Manchester City are all keen, according to Marca.
Plenty of speculation has arisen regarding the Santos forward's next destination. He is thought to be valued at €40 million by his current club, which is still a big fee, though less than the figures linking Bale and Falcao with the Bernabeu.
Despite Real being on a likely transfer collision course with Barcelona for Neymar, Madrid fans would love to see the Brazilian snub the Camp Nou.
In Spanish football speak, that really would be transfer humiliation.