Real Madrid completed a very discouraging performance in El Clasico. Barcelona won the game 0-3 and proved that this Madrid team isn’t the same one which brilliantly took care of Barça and United in the Spanish and European Super Cups last August.
Rumors suggest that Los Blancos are interested in the signing of Athletic Bilbao keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga even though Keylor Navas was actually one of the few players who stepped up their game last Saturday, and while Kepa would be a nice addition to the squad because of his age and his potential, Real Madrid need much more to salvage their season.
Still, the kind of players Real Madrid might need are not available during the winter transfer window. The fans and analysts want Los Blancos to sign a striker but Madrid already passed on Kylian Mbappe last summer, a player who would’ve been perfect for them. Mauro Icardi is a fine player but he’s not the answer to Madrid’s issues, so why should Los Blancos overpay for him when they refused to sign Mbappe just four months ago? The same could be said about Timo Werner, yet another attacker who appears to be on Madrid’s list, according to reports.
Even though Los Blancos clearly need to upgrade their roster with some quality signings, it would make sense for them to wait until next summer in order to find the ideal candidate and not just an expensive patch. Zidane still has a quality roster at his disposal and should be able to find some answers if he gives minutes to players like Ceballos, Llorente or Asensio. Bale is also coming back from his injury and that will allow the French coach to see if a potential Bale-Ronaldo attacking duo upfront with Isco as a playmaker works better.
Either way, Real Madrid must not repeat the mistakes they made in the past with the likes of Huntelaar or Lucas Silva, who joined the club in winter and ended up being a waste of money. Los Blancos have to accept they were wrong when they thought this squad could repeat what they achieved last season and then be aggressive in the transfer market this summer.