5 January signings Real Madrid should make to retain the Champions League title
They are also second in their UEFA Champions League group, having suffered their worst group stage loss in nine years to Tottenham at Wembley. Though it is still early in the season, signs are starting to emerge that they need big reinforcements.
Real Madrid let go some important players in Alvaro Morata, James Rodriguez, Pepe, and Danilo over the summer, which has left the squad vulnerable this season and injuries to players like Gareth Bale, Dani Carvajal and Raphael Varane have only added to their woes.
With so many matches each season and Club World Club participation only adding minutes to the already hectic schedule, proper squad rotation would be necessary, and with summer signings not impressing Zidane too much, they must strengthen their squad in January if they are to continue fighting for every trophy.
Here we take a look at 5 players who Real Madrid should probably target in January, to win an unprecedented third successive UEFA Champions League title, and to try and retain their La Liga title, as unlikely as it may seem.
#5 Alvaro Odriozola (Real Sociedad)
Real Sociedad's bright start to the season hasn't gone unnoticed, and one player who has certainly caught the eye of several big clubs around Europe, is fullback Alvaro Odriozola. He made his debut for Sociedad in January this year and has since made 31 appearances for them.
Dani Carvajal's health problems have left Real Madrid vulnerable at right-back and the 21-year-old can be a great deputy and an able replacement if need be.
He has already made his debut for Spain's national side and his buyout clause is reportedly €40 million, which is reasonable, considering the enormously inflated transfer market, and with Real Madrid investing in youth this summer, this deal makes a lot of sense for all the parties.
He has also been linked with Real Madrid in the past, in 2016, but instead, Zidane chose to promote, and show faith in homegrown Achraf Hakimi. But, if Madrid sign him, he can be a great understudy for Dani Carvajal, and certainly an upgrade on Achraf Hakimi.