Emmanuel Adebayor has joined Real Madrid on loan for the remainder of the La Liga season. With Los Blancos having the option to retain his services in the future. The Togolese striker has great size and pace; however, Adebayor has yet prove he has the goal scoring prowess on the biggest stages of world football.
He has caused controversy everywhere he has been, most notably demanding more money from Arsene Wenger and falling out of first team football and fighting with Roberto Mancini at Manchester City.
With Madrid's defensive struggles so far this season, they felt it was a necessity to sign a big name striker on loan than securing their woes in the back line. This was primarily due to an injury to Gonzalo Higuain and continued turmoil with Karim Benzema up front.
Here are some players who could offer an immediate impact and sure up the back without disrupting team continuity and chemistry in the process.
Davide Santon would be a tremendous signing to sure up the back four of Madrid. He's 20 years old and would be a great investment for the foreseeable future. The young Italian has already appeared for Italy and has experience playing for Mourinho at the San Siro for Inter.
It would be difficult to pry him the clutches of Massimo Moratti in Milan, and it would be costly, but this transfer would no doubt pay dividends for many years to come.
The Portuguese International is a long way from his form of being named to the "Team of the Tournament" in Euro 2008. The wing back is a always a threat to score, and never forgets his defensive responsibilities. He would prove to be an excellent addition to help reign in Marcelo and Sergio Ramos from being caught in the final third attacking. He would also help set pieces. It's rumored that Chelsea is willing to deal him for the right price. His leadership and experience would prove invaluable at the Bernabeu.
Who can forget how vital Marcos Senna was to Spain winning Euro 2008? He's been plagued by injury this season at Villareal, but would help in the holding midfield role with Xavi Alonso. With Lassana Diarra struggling to get in the starting 11 on a consistent basis, and Mahamadou Diarra only playing in five games so far this season, this seems like a no brainer. He is a savvy veteran with the ability to score on free kicks from distance.
If Madrid needed and wanted a striker, they should have invested in the future, not just the next four months. The number nine simply known as "El Nino" would be a great fit for Los Blancos. He has already played in Madrid for Atletico for five seasons and in key roles in the biggest games for Spain. With all the turmoil and injuries at Liverpool in the Premier League, he is still their leading scorer with nine goals this season. His buy-out clause will cost 50 million euros, but it's worth every cent if it can rejuvenate his career back in the Spanish capitol.
Diego Maradona's 22-year-old son-in-law is one of the most highly sought after strikers in world football. Some of the biggest teams are interested in signing him in the summer transfer window. "El Kun" was pivotal in helping Atletico win the Europa League last season with two assists in the final. He is already in Madrid, so he wouldn't need to move his family.
Sergio has already proven his ability in La Liga over the past five seasons, scoring at least 40 goals in three of those years. It's rumored Chelsea have already reached a deal for 40 million euros, but it remains to be seen if he ends up in West London with the Premier League champions in the summer.