5 transfer targets for Real Madrid
Real Madrid have had a mixed season. Being major contenders to lift a 3rd consecutive Champions league trophy, their league form has been woeful.
Madrid have been brought to their knees many a times this season, most notably in the Copa Del Rey, with a shock defeat to lowly Leganes.
Real haven't spent big for a few seasons, with Zidane promoting youngsters. The departure of players like Alvaro Morata, Pepe and Danilo has left gaps which need to be filled.
Having been well off the pace in La Liga, new signings will be needed this summer. With Brazilian wonder kid Vinicius Junior set to join, Zinedine Zidane may need a few more additions to launch a serious title assault next season. The main position of concern is a leaky defence.
Here are 5 players whom President Florentino Perez may agree to 'splash the cash' on.
#5 Samuel Umtiti (FC Barcelona)
Perhaps a surprising target, considering Umtiti plays for arch-rivals FC Barcelona. However, it is not entirely uncommon for players to cross the 'forbidden divide' with Ronaldo and Luis Figo being notable examples.
The 24-year-old Frenchman has been in a contract stand-off with the Blaugrana, which has led to some poor performances for both club and country in recent weeks. The reason is that Umtiti is one of the lowest paid players in the Barca team.
With Madrid's center backs looking jaded this campaign, it is perhaps time to address the position. While Jesus Vallejo is yet to convince and Nacho is more of a utility man, a swoop for Umtiti cannot be ruled out. Umtiti without doubt would be an upgrade.
The Frenchman has been a calming presence for club and country. His ability to play out from the back is an added bonus.
Reports in Spain claim Umtiti's release clause is around €60 million, a paltry sum in the post-Neymar market.