5 players Real Madrid could consider signing this summer
To say Real Madrid have endured a nightmare season would be an understatement; they currently sit 6 points behind league leaders Barcelona.
They also suffered their longest ever goal drought in the club's history, a dismal run of 481 minutes without a goal.
It's also been five years since Los Blancos signed a player who can be tagged as a Galáctico, the last being James Rodríguez in 2014.
With Cristiano Ronaldo having left last summer and no replacement brought in, Madrid will likely be looking to add some star power to their ranks this time around. A big summer lies ahead for Los Blancos, with a small fortune likely to be spent.
Despite winning three back to back Uefa Champions League titles, including last seasons, Real Madrid seems to have fallen off a cliff.
As well as losing Ronaldo and not signing a replacement, there are several reasons for this. The first reason is that a number of key players such as Luka Modrić, Sergio Ramos, Marcelo and Benzema are now the wrong side of 30 and are starting to slow down, or at least can't play 50 games a season.
Another reason is a lack of depth. It's no coincidence that Madrid's most successful season in recent history, the 16/17 season, saw them able to play nearly two different teams. That year in smaller league games and Spanish cup ties, they often played a second string side.
However, that side still included the likes of Álvaro Morata, James Rodríguez and Asensio. Fast forward to this season. Morata and Rodríguez are gone and Asensio is often in the first string team as no replacement for Ronaldo was signed.
Without these key squad players, Madrid have struggled to compete on all fronts, practically losing the title in November.
Madrid have struggled at both ends this season, scoring less and conceding more than their fierce rivals Barcelona.
Madrid have conceded 27 in La Liga, to Barca's 23, but they have scored a mere 40, to Barcelona's 60. This has left them with a shocking goal difference of just +13 after 23 games, while Barca have a much more respectable goal difference of +37, from the same number of games. This clearly highlights how much Madrid are in need of signings, at both ends of the pitch.
Taking all these factors into account, here are 5 players they could well target this summer...
#5 Luka Jović
Karim Benzema has often been at the centre of Madrid fans' scorn, due to a lack of consistent goal scoring form, famously receiving high profile criticism on Twitter from ex-Barcelona forward and current Match of the Day host, Gary Lineker.
It's not hard to see where this criticism comes from either Last season, Benzema only managed a dismal return of 5 league goals. For context ,that was the exact same number as Madrid's deep-lying playmaker, Toni Kroos.
Step forward, Luka Jović. The Serbian is certainly not struggling for goals and has exploded onto the scene this season. Jović already has 14 league goals and 3 assists, scoring at a staggering rate of a goal every 87 minutes. This impressive feat puts him at the top of the Bundesliga scoring charts, with his goals to minutes ratio, vastly superior to established world class striker Robert Lewandowski.
Jović also has an equally impressive record in Europe, currently sitting as the Europa League's 2nd top scorer, with 5 goals. This becomes even more impressive when you realise these 5 goals have come in just 266 minutes, a ratio of a goal every 53 minutes.
Jović averages 2.2 shots inside the penalty area a game and complements that with a 54% conversation rate. In a Madrid side capable of creating a lot of chances, this ability to clinically finish chances could be the difference between them being a good side and a great one.
If Real are looking for an out and out striker, they should look no further than the Serbian, who is currently outscoring every Madrid forward.