Following their defeat to Rayo Vallecano on Monday night, reports emerged that Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had requested the club to sign a new striker in the upcoming January transfer window.
The Merengues do not have a viable natural backup option for Karim Benzema in the squad, given that Mariano Diaz is no longer under favour.
Rodrygo Goes has been asked to step in during the Frenchman’s absence and while the youngster has done well, Real would do well by adding a new striker, especially if they wish to defend their La Liga and UEFA Champions League crowns.
However, according to Diario AS (h/t Madrid Xtra), it is very unlikely that any signings will happen in the January window, as the Real Madrid board is not discussing such a possibility at the moment.
Ancelotti, while addressing the media, has always maintained that he is happy with his squad and does not wish to make any changes to it before the end of the season.
However, there have been speculations over the futures of both Eden Hazard and Mariano. And considering that the team has not performed at the optimal level of late and factoring in Benzema’s injury issues, not signing a new striker in January could prove to be an imprudent move.
But, as things stand, there seem to be no discussions within the club about any new additions during the January window.
Recent results have led to Real Madrid falling behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race, with the reigning champions now five points off their eternal rivals, who sit atop the table. A win tonight against Cadiz will reduce the deficit to two.
Irrespective of what happens, not signing a new forward in the winter to cover for Benzema could prove to be detrimental to Real Madrid’s chances of retaining their title.
€85 million-rated Serie A winger ‘dreams’ of playing for Real Madrid, claims father
Napoli winger Khvicha Kvaratskhelia dreams of playing for Spanish giants Real Madrid, the winger’s father has revealed following the UEFA Champions League clash between the two teams last night.
Kvaratskhelia, 22, exploded upon arriving at Napoli last year, leading them to the Serie A title on the back of his explosive performances.
The Georgian winger has been impressing in the ongoing campaign as well, although he failed to score or assist in either of Napoli’s meetings with Real Madrid in the Champions League group stages.
Kvaratskhelia has previously spoken about how he has always been a lifelong supporter of Real Madrid and grew up idolising some of the club’s legends like Cristiano Ronaldo and Guti, among others.
Now, the 22-year-old winger’s father has revealed that his son has always dreamt of and continues to dream of playing for Real Madrid.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Kvaratskhelia’s father said: “Khvicha always dreamed and still dreams of playing for Real Madrid. I am sure about it.”
Talking about the fact that the winger got to play against Real Madrid, Kvaratskhelia’s father added: “For Khvicha, playing vs Real Madrid was special. In my family, everyone is a Real Madrid supporter, except me.”
Real Madrid are in the market for attacking reinforcements, but they are looking for a centre-forward next summer and have Kylian Mbappe and Erling Haaland as their main targets.
As for Kvaratskhelia, whose market value stands at €85 million, it seems quite apparent that he harbours dreams of playing for Real Madrid. But it remains to be seen if there is some interest from Los Blancos in signing the winger.