Real Madrid lost a transfer target in André Gomes and that means that Álvaro Morata has been the only signing made by Los Blancos so far this summer. While they will need to sell and loan some players as they are way over the 25-men limit, Madrid also need to improve their squad even after their success in the Champions League.
Zidane was reportedly interested in signing a midfielder, but James apparently wants to stay in the Spanish capital and that means that Los Blancos will not need another midfielder if the Colombian is committed enough to accept a potential role as a reserve behind Kroos, Modric, Casemiro and Isco. Either way, Madrid will be facing the FIFA ban that will keep them away from the transfer market until the winter of 2017, meaning that Pérez and his board need to add some men to the roster if they want to remain competitive. Here are three reasons why Madrid need to make signings.
- Main rivals FC Barcelona have improved their squad. Messi and Co. conquered the Liga BBVA title last season and they added more depth to their squad. They lost starting right-back Dani Alves, that's true, but they signed Denis Suárez and André Gomes, two quality players who will be very important to create chances.
- Every big club in Europe got better. Bayern Munich signed Mats Hummels, Manchester City signed Guardiola and Gündogan while Paris Saint-Germain named Unai Emery their coach and are waiting to make a big signing to replace Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Atlético Madrid will also add a striker. Madrid added Morata as well, but they need more men if they want to be significantly better than those big clubs.
- The FIFA ban is coming. Modric will turn 31 years old next September, Pepe is 33 already while Ramos is 30. Those players aren't getting better now and Madrid will most likely be out of the transfer market until January 2018. That means that Real should try to find a quality center-back just in case Varane can't stay healthy. The midfield could also be improved by adding a physical center-midfielder who allows Kroos to play deep. Pogba?