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Falcao, Ibrahimovic and Cavani lead Real Madrid’s January transfer options

Following quite a turbulent start to the season including the humiliating 5-1 loss to Barcelona, Real Madrid eventually sacked their summer signing Julen Lopetegui as coach. And though Santiago Solari was initially on the interim manager role, the ex-Madrid player landed himself a permanent role with a highly impressive run. Going into the International break, Madrid won four in four matches under Solari. However, the need to replace Cristiano Ronaldo is still completed as Madrid look for their options in January.

Mariano Diaz was quite ambitiously given the revered No. 7 jersey but is hardly starting any matches to even come close to that legacy. On the other hand, Vinicius Junior was listed with Real Madrid Castilla in the Segunda division, that ultimately left just Karim Benzema as the natural striker in the outfit. But Real Madrid are now desperate to sign a striker, someone who can replace the 40-50 goals-a-season that Cristiano provided.

Real Madrid are heavily linked to signing Radamel Falcao or Zlatan Ibrahimovic. These names are obviously for a short period while Real Madrid plans a more realistic transfer next summer. Falcao, 32 and Ibra, 37 have played in La Liga with Atletico and Barcelona respectively. While Falcao is struggling with AS Monaco lurking at 19th place in Ligue 1, the prospect of Ibrahimovic’s contract with LA Galaxy set to expire soon could land him for free in Madrid.

Paris-Saint Germain’s Edinson Cavani is also on the radar after Real Madrid were shrugged off by his fellow team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in the summer. The Uruguayan has been a prolific scorer for the Paris outfit but feels overshadowed by Mbappe and Neymar at the moment, prompting him to leave for Real Madrid. The Los Blancos are also considering homegrown talents in Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez and Espanyol’s Borja Iglesias. It would be a huge gamble to play on them, but a cheaper one for Real Madrid. Both have been in top form for their respective club but there’s no guarantee of consistency at Real Madrid.

However, Madrid will not let go off their interest in a €100 million marquee signing next summer. Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi and PSG either of the PSG duo – Mbappe and Neymar – are still on the radar for Real Madrid. Real Madrid were in pole position to sign Eden Hazard or Neymar this summer but merely settled with Mariano Diaz upfront. This was probably the last shot Madrid would’ve given Eden Hazard considering he’s due to become even more expensive now. Icardi, still 25 and already a prolific scorer for Inter Milan is rumored to be available for €125 million in the summer.

Nonetheless, Madrid’s interest in a striker clearly states that the club is not very reliant on Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale. Though the pair got off to a brilliant start to the season, none could match the consistency of Cristiano Ronaldo.

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