5 defenders Real Madrid should buy in January
Real Madrid have suffered plenty of injuries in the start to the 2017/18 season, with their defence suffering the most. Marcelo and Theo Hernandez have both suffered injuries, while Jesus Vallejo and Dani Carvajal seem to be out for an indefinite period.
Danilo's departure to Manchester City in the summer has not been addressed, with Real Madrid now obligated to dip into the transfer market in the next transfer window.
Here are the defenders Real Madrid should buy in January.
#1 Alvaro Odriozola - Real Sociedad
Real Madrid have already been linked with the Basque defender in the past - with plenty of good reason too. The 21-year-old caught the eye towards the end of last season with his consistent performances for Real Sociedad, leading to a callup for Spain's U-21 side, which reached the final of the 2017 Euros.
In 15 appearances for the Basque side in the 2016/17 season, Odriozola created 17 chances, 4 of which turned out to assists. The right-back has kept up his form this season as well, creating 9 chances in 7 appearances, with 2 assists.
Real Madrid would very well have to pay the youngster's release clause of €40 million, although given he would be a long-term successor to Dani Carvajal, in the national team line-up as well, that would be money well spent. His attacking forays down the right wing would keep up the tradition of the best Madrid right-backs.