Grading Real Madrid's Off-Season Acquisitions:

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Grading Real Madrid's Off-Season Acquisitions:
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"The Special One" and Mesut Özil


It was an off-season of belt-tightening in the Liga BBVA, as MARCA eloquently put it, with only a few teams actually spending any money at all (and some of them totally ruining themselves in order to stave off the inevitable call of bankruptcy—Valencia, for example).

As such, Madrid's off-season was pretty balanced, as we released (or are in the process of releasing) various players—like Royston Drenthe, and, if all goes well Rafael Van Der Vaart. We added young, talented players who didn't break the bank (Angel di Maria, Mesut Özil, Sami Khedira, Sergio Canales, etc.).

We could've made a bit of a better push for Maicon, arguably the best wing defender in the world—I just wonder how much more we would've had to pay...

Overall, we definitely had a better off-season than Farça, who managed to—while in massive debt—sign David Villa for 40 million Euros, sign Javier Mascherano, and sell Ibra for a third of the price they bought him for (no joke: they bought him for 40 million plus Eto'o, and sold him for 24 million).

Oh, and we added the the best coach in the world, "The Special One."

Grade: A- 

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