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LaLiga 2018-19: 3 signings that Real Madrid could make in January

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1.65K   //    11 Jan 2019, 16:48 IST

Eden Hazard
Eden Hazard

As the 2018-19 season reaches its halfway mark, the biggest problem that Real Madrid face right now is their inability to find a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo.

Real Madrid are currently 5th in the LaLiga table, which is astonishingly low for a club of their stature. If Real Madrid are to guarantee a Top 4 spot, Santiago Solari has to look at possible reinforcements that can help his cause.

If anyone has watched Real Madrid play this season, they would find numerous problems starting from the back and up to the front. At the back, Madrid have been leaking goals season with Ramos and Varane looking a shadow of themselves. In the midfield, their creative department of Isco, Kroos and Ballon D'or winner Modric has been really poor so far.

With talks of Isco leaving, Solari needs midfielders he can bank on. Up front, Benzema and Bale have been inconsistent for the whole of the season, and there is no longer the 50 goal-a-season forward that the team had in Ronaldo.

Here are the 3 players that Real Madrid should look at in January according to me:

3) Kalidou Koulibaly

Koulibaly is currently playing for Napoli and is one of the best center backs in the world. Real Madrid's defense has been shambolic this season, and Koulibaly could be an instant fix for the Los Blancos.

Koulibaly has attracted a lot of attention from many clubs and wouldn't come cheaply for Real Madrid. He is strong, commanding, great at playing out from the back and is brilliant in the air.

The biggest concern here would be whether Real Madrid are willing to break the Ramos-Varane partnership at the back. But to my mind, it is a risk worth taking.

In Serie A this season, Koulibaly has 89% pass accuracy with 83% tackles won. He has made 25 interceptions with eight key passes and two assists.

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