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5 Galactico signings that Real Madrid could target this year

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Real Madrid has to strengthen their current squad.
Real Madrid has to strengthen their current squad.

Real Madrid are currently 4th in the La Liga table, 10 points behind leaders Barcelona. Due to the loss of their star player Cristiano Ronaldo, Los Blancos have been in deep waters in all competitions. They survived two losses to CSKA Moskva in their Champions League group and now face a stern challenge in Ajax in the knockouts. In the league, they are 10 points behind leaders and arch-rivals Barcelona.

The defence of the current Champions League holders has been in complete shambles. They have suffered humiliating league defeats to Eibar, Sevilla, and Real Sociedad. Even after Barcelona's rough patch in the middle, Madrid has failed to close down the gap. Under Julen Lopetegui, individual errors cost Madrid a lot. Marcelo performed below par in the defensive end. Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane made defensive errors leading to goals. Up front, the absence of a proper striker has hurt Madrid. Mariano Diaz has hardly been started and Isco doesn't even make it to the pitch.

With the current situation in mind, Real Madrid's management has to freshen things up a bit in the squad. The absence of a striker and possible exits of Luka Modric and several other first-team players forces the management to search for replacements quickly. Real Madrid has a liking for high profile players, or Galacticos if you will. Florentino Perez has changed the transfer policy a bit by going for potential players. While replacing major first-team players, that could be risky.

So without further ado, we look at five players who could end up as Galacticos this year, either in the summer or in the winter itself.

#5 Alex Sandro (Juventus)

Alex Sandro has every capability to end up at Real Madrid.
Alex Sandro has every capability to end up at Real Madrid.

Alex Sandro is currently an undisputed starter at Juventus. He has shown his great passing and dribbling skills for Juventus. He can start at left-back and as a wide midfielder. Sandro is a strong passer and dribbler. He can hold on to possession, give key passes, cross the ball well and is a very strong tackler.

So, why Alex Sandro? With Marcelo in the team, no one would start in the left-back position. According to several rumours, Marcelo could be on his way out from Madrid. Juventus are the team that is targeting him as well. A Ronaldo-Marcelo partnership is what the Old Lady has in mind, it seems.

So, is this deal beneficial for both parties? Possibly, yes. The link-up or connection between Marcelo and Ronaldo is pure gold for any team. They know each other since 2009. For Madrid, it is not a loss at all. Marcelo has been attacking well this season but not been as strong defensively. With Alex Sandro in the side, the defensive prowess is increased and the attacking tempo does not take a hit either.

Sandro has been better in all defence aspects in 2018/19. He has more interceptions, shot blocks, tackles won and aerials won than Marcelo and has won the same number of duels as Marcelo. Even offensively, Sandro has completed almost 200 more passes and about 100 of them forward passes. He tops Marcelo in assists and chances created as well (22 for Marcelo, 27 for Sandro).

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