5 Transfer Deadline Day Possibilities for Real Madrid
However, Carlo Ancelotti could still add one new face to his squad before the transfer window shuts in a couple of days.
Having lost Alonso and Angel Di Maria this week, the Italian may feel he needs to add another midfielder to his squad, despite the options he already has.
Talk of a No. 9 coming—one in particular—always seems to be lingering in the background as well.
The following slides take a look at five players Los Blancos may attempt to bring in before the market closes.
The one that won't go away.
When Radamel Falcao took the partially surprising decision to swap Atletico Madrid for Monaco last summer, conspiracy theories were rife.
Speculation suggested he would stay in the French league for a year and then return to Madrid to link up with Real, where Atletico wouldn't sell him directly.
As the transfer window prepares to set sale, that could still be a possibility.
Calciomercato, via The Mirror, report that Los Blancos will pay £20 million to take him on loan for a season.
They would then be able to add to that price and make the deal permanent next summer.
Mattia De Sciglio
This one is a long shot.
At the beginning of August, Marca journalist Hugo Tellez reported that Real Madrid were monitoring Mattia De Sciglio.
The AC Milan full-back has long been linked with the European champions, but it has never gone much further than that.
With both sides of his back four covered for now, it seems unlikely that Carlo Ancelotti will make a last-dash move for De Sciglio, at least in this current window.
With Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria out of the picture, Madrid may feel the need to add to their bank of midfielders.
They still have Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Asier Illarramendi and James Rodriguez, but there is talk they will look to bring in at least one more face in the middle of the pitch.
Goal's Adrian Boullosa says Luiz Gustavo could be their man.
Wolfsburg only signed the Brazilian midfielder from Bayern Munich last summer, but Boullosa suggests a deal with Madrid is already close to being completed for the 27-year-old.
If not Gustavo, Marco Verratti is another name which has surfaced.
The 21-year-old Italian midfielder played under Carlo Ancelotti at Paris Saint-Germain and has been regularly linked with a move to the Bernabeu over the last 12 months.
Spanish-language website Fichajes.com say conversations have already begun between Madrid and the French club.
Formerly of Juventus, Verratti is widely expected to flourish as one of the world’s finest midfielders in the coming years.
With the season now underway, this one looks unlikely to go through.
At the beginning of August, Spanish-language publication Sport reported that Real Madrid maintained an interest in Espanyol goalkeeper Kiko Casilla.
The stopper began his career with Los Blancos and his consistent performances at Cornella-El Prat over the last 18 months have put him in the shop window.
However, with Iker Casillas starting the club's first four competitive matches, it now seems unlikely.
To sign Casilla, Casillas would have had to have left, allowing the former to come in to compete with Keylor Navas.
Still, there remains a small chance that Madrid make a deal which would allow the 27-year-old to remain on loan at Espanyol this season, before heading to the Spanish capital next summer.
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