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What should be Real Madrid’s priorities for the upcoming transfer window?

Los Blancos face a crucial summer.

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Real Madrid have a very important transfer window ahead of them. Los Blancos just completed a very discouraging 2018-19 season and face an inevitable rebuild after selling Cristiano Ronaldo without a quality replacement just a year ago. This season has exposed some of the weaknesses of the current squad and coach Zinedine Zidane and the board will need to address them if the club wants to compete for all three titles next year.

  1. Goals through the flanks. Real Madrid have missed Ronaldo’s firepower even though Karim Benzema has completed what was arguably his best season since he signed for the club back in 2009. Neither Gareth Bale nor Marco Asensio have taken the next step and provided the goals expected from there and that means that Madrid will need to sign a starting caliber winger capable of providing around 20 goals and 10+ assists. Chelsea’s Eden Hazard seems to be the perfect fit and Los Blancos are reportedly going to announce a deal for him very, very soon.
  2. A stronger presence in the midfield. Luka Modric is still a quality player but he’s 33 years old and might already be entering his decline. That means that the Casemiro-Kroos-Modric midfield trio might not be competitive anymore. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba could need a fresh start away from Manchester and his versatility could be perfect in a transition-oriented team featuring Hazard, Benzema and Vinicius/Asensio. It won’t be easy to complete that move though. The market for quality midfielders is very short at the moment and that’s why Madrid might want to make an effort for Pogba. Eriksen is a good player but might not have the character needed to lead Madrid’s midfield on a weekly basis.
  3. A backup for Karim Benzema. Mariano Diaz clearly wasn’t ready and he was almost invisible all this season. Luckily enough, Benzema stayed healthy all season long and performed at his very best. However, Madrid will need a Plan B and Eintracht’s Luka Jovic makes a lot of sense because of his age and potential. The German side are reportedly asking for at least €70 million to let Jovic go, but Madrid and Eintracht have recently had a solid relationship and it seems that a deal could get done.

All things considered, Madrid could need to spend around €300 million to complete those three signings. It’s time for Florentino Perez and the board to get rid of all the money he saved during the last few years.

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