5 potential replacements for Gareth Bale at Real Madrid
Real Madrid aren't exactly having the time of their lives, are they? Los Blancos have fallen from grace and look far from the imperious best they were at in the past two seasons.
Their fearsome frontline that oozed goals once has dried up and the club has been linked with several high-profile stars to replace the old guard at the Bernabeu.
Of all the problems that are haunting Real Madrid right now, Gareth Bale probably tops the list. As days have passed by, Real Madrid have grown increasingly frustrated with the Welshman's case and are looking for a definite solution to the problems.
Bale has undoubtedly delivered when given the chance, but a series of injuries are the reason why Los Blancos seem fed up with their star man. And, with the club well known for their impatient nature with underperformers, the 28-year-old will find himself exiled sooner than later.
Should that happen, here are five players that can replace the Welshman and usher another Galactico era at the capital
#5 Ciro Immobile
Ciro Immobile's meteoric rise in Italy hasn't gone unnoticed in Europe. And, it won't be surprising to see if he becomes the hottest transfer target in Europe next summer.
Usually deployed as a forward, Immobile is ambidextrous and can play anywhere up front. Plus, he is also known for his defensive contribution and pressing style of play.
The Italian has already netted 26 times out of 24 games in all competitions and is running as the top contender for the Capocannoniere this season.
Real Madrid will certainly find competition in bringing him to the Bernabeu, but their history will definitely give them an upper hand, should they decide to line up for the Italian's signature.