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5 players Real Madrid should have targeted in January

Sumedh Pande
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Real Madrid v Leganes - Copa del Rey, Quarter Final Second Leg
Zinedine Zidane failed to sign reinforcements in January

There's a famous statement that was once made by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez regarding the January transfer window. He had said, "Making signings in the winter is a symptom of weakness." It was made in the early 2000s when Real Madrid were not known for signing reinforcements in the winter. 

That period seems to have returned in the Spanish capital as the just concluded transfer market saw Real Madrid not being active whatsoever and hence adding a grand total of 0 fresh faces to the new squad. In any other campaign, this would not have made such a big issue considering the terrorizing form that Madrid were in in the recent past. 

But this season is different. And more worryingly, the month of January was the worst possible period for Zinedine Zidane. His side crashed out of the Copa Del Rey against Leganes and are now fighting for just a top four place in the league. In such a scenario, Real Madrid should have delved into the market and worked out some solutions in the form of fresh recruitments. 

On that note, here are five such players who Real Madrid should have targeted last month in order to get them out of the rut that they find themselves in: 

#5 Milan Skriniar (Inter Milan) 

FC Internazionale v AC Milan - Serie A
Skriniar has the potential to be Real Madrid's no.1 centre back

Real Madrid's defence has looked a lot weaker since the beginning of the season. Injuries to Sergio Ramos and Dani Carvajal and the indifferent form of Marcelo has not helped the cause. Hence, making a move for one of the most sought-after defenders in Europe might have solved some of their issues for this season and also for the foreseeable future. 

Milan Skriniar has earned plaudits for his performances at the San Siro this season, starting every league game for Inter. The 22-year-old loves to play out from the back and has a higher passing accuracy (91.6%) than any Real Madrid defender. He is also a threat during set pieces and has already scored four goals this season.

Add it to the fact that the likes of Manchester United and Manchester City are monitoring the central defender is evidence to the fact that Skriniar is on the radar of almost every top club in the world. The Slovakian international is expected to change colours in the summer as Madrid seem to have missed a trick by not making a move for him in January.

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Sumedh Pande
An avid Premier League watcher with specialization in transfer news and post match analysis. Follow European and Indian football with minute attention with one eye on the world of cricket.
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