World Transfer Rumours: The Top 15 Midfielders Real Madrid Should Buy

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World Transfer Rumours: The Top 15 Midfielders Real Madrid Should Buy
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Real Madrid's 8-1 victory over Almeria on Saturday marked the end of their season. Los Blancos tasted Copa del Rey success and a deep run in the Champions League. However, the club was still unable to dethrone the great Barcelona.

With their sights set on a monumental 10th Champions League trophy next year, Madrid and manager Jose Mourinho will be looking to add quality to the current group of players.

The Portuguese manager has apparently won the political battle in the Spanish capital, with the departure of Jorge Valdano due to a restructuring of the club. In other words, President Florentino Perez is giving Mourinho full control of player transfers.

Madrid have already made three signings, acquiring Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin, Bayern Munich's Hamit Altintop and Espnayol's Jose Callejon.

Sahin is a playmaking central midfielder with the potential to become one of the best in Europe. It is still unclear how the Turkish star will fit into Mourinho's plans for next season. Xabi Alonso has cemented his place in the starting 11, and Sahin does not have the defensive qualities to be an effective holding midfielder.

The other new signings have not addressed Mourinho's deficiencies at the defensive midfield position either. Altintop can play on either flank or in the middle, but he will most likely be a role player at Madrid. Callejon has developed into a pacy winger in his time at Espanyol, and will add depth to the current squad.

Mourinho will still be searching for the ideal defensive midfielder to partner Alonso at the heart of Madrid's midfield.

The Spanish midfielder has exceptional vision and range of passing. Alonso is the metronome of Madrid, dictating the team's tempo and rhythm. When given time and space, he can pick apart defenses and spread the play with sweeping cross-field passes.

Against the stronger teams in Spain and Europe, Alonso became less of an attacking influence. Opposing midfielders would pressure the Spaniard high up the pitch, forcing his midfield partner to assume more responsibility dictating play.

The Spaniard is a key part of Madrid's possession play, and Mourinho will be looking to get the best out of his star pass-master.

Unimpressed by Khedira and Diarra, the club is in search of a more dynamic player to partner Alonso in midfield. Mourinho wants to reinforce the midfield, and his primary focus will be strong defensive qualities. However, the ideal midfielder for Madrid will have the tenacity to complement Alonso's style of play and the technical ability to facilitate and orchestrate.

In compiling a list of targets, there were multiple aspects, such as age and transfer fee, that factored into the final rankings.

The following are the top 15 midfielders that Madrid should buy in this summer's transfer window.

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