3 players Real Madrid should sign this summer
Real Madrid have a big rebuilding job on their hands. The Spanish giants were out of the 2018-19 La Liga title race before Christmas and eliminated from the UEFA Champions League in the second round at the hands of Ajax.
Zinedine Zidane has rejoined the record champions of Spain, but with an ageing squad he will need to look to promoting youngster players to the first team, or simply buy them.
The 1998 FIFA World Cup winner has been doing a good job in fleshing youngsters into the first team in recent weeks, with virtually nothing left to play for in the league.
However, if Real Madrid are to close the gap on Barcelona next season, or dream above finishing their rivals, they will need to bring in some proven stars this summer. Here’s three that they are capable of attracting and landing this summer:
3. Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Sergio Ramos is 33 now and Real Madrid have little depth after Raphaël Varane. They could certainly do with upgrading what they have at backup in Nacho. Napoli have a star centre-back in Kalidou Koulibaly, but with no realistic chance of winning Serie A in Naples a move could be in the cards for the Senegalese rock.
Koulibaly would go straight into the Real Madrid starting lineup and upgrade them immediately. Whether Zidane has the guts to bench Ramos remains to be seen but the long-term future of the club has to be on the agenda now.
2. Mauro Icardi (Internazionale)
The Argentine striker gets linked with a move away from the San Siro and this summer surely has to be the time that Mauro Icadi calls it a day with Internazionale. The 26-year-old isn’t going to win a league title anytime soon by staying with them, yet he’s a very prolific goalscorer.
Karim Benzema turns 32 in December and Real Madrid have little in the way of proven depth in this position, though Raúl de Tomás will be back from his loan deal at Rayo Vallecano. However, Icardi is begging for a title contender and Champions League challenger to recruit him and Real Madrid should seriously consider swooping.
1. Eden Hazard (Chelsea)
The Belgian superstar has been linked with a move to the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium for more than a year now and it seems it’s just a matter of when and not if before a transfer goes through. Real Madrid failed to land Eden Hazard after selling Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus last summer. They cannot afford to make that mistake again this year.
Hazard has proven himself in the English Premier League, Champions League and Europa League – should Real Madrid land the 28-year-old this summer then that should be worth 20+ points alone next season.