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Three loan signings Real Madrid can target in the winter



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As the January transfer window looms, Real Madrid are handed the opportunity to enhance the level of a squad that is perennially in pursuit of excellence.

While Los Blancos maintain first position in La Liga, injuries and absences in certain departments of the squad have held the team from reaching its full potential.

As such, the January transfer window offers Real Madrid the ideal opportunity to reinforce areas of the squad with temporary loan acquisitions.

Taking a look at some hypothetical operations the club can pursue this January, here are three players that would help alleviate the deficiencies at Real Madrid.

Goncalo Inacio | Sporting

One of the best young players in his position. (Photo by Emilio Andreoli/Getty Images)

Real Madrid are searching the market for young defenders due to their aging backline and Eder Militao’s extended injury absence.

Moreover, reports have previously argued that the Real Madrid hierarchy has reportedly determined that adding more players to the back line is a top priority going forward.

Consequently, the arrival of Goncalo Inacio would prove to be a major boost for Real Madrid’s short and long-term objectives.

The Merengues were already pursuing Inacio during the summer of last year, but Sporting CP managed to prolong the player’s contract until 2027, raising his buyout option to €60 million.

Still, reports have argued that the Portuguese club would be open to a transfer in the upcoming winter market and may especially help facilitate a deal if Real Madrid acquires him on a loan with an obligation to buy.

Inacio’s acquisition makes sense, as without Militao guarding the back line, Real Madrid have lacked a shrewd distributive presence in defense.

The defender excels with build-up responsibilities entrusted to him as he is not only a reliable passer capable of breaking lines; but also an adventurous ball carrier.

However, defensively, he is equally dominant. The 21-year-old has a tall frame, which he expertly avails to thwart threatening crosses. Moreover, Inacio’s defensive diligence is seen in his mature positioning in counter-attacking scenarios.

Noni Madueke | Chelsea

Dynamic. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

Real Madrid have been severely shorthanded in the attacking department this season. While Golden Boy winner Jude Bellingham has been a frequent source of goals, there is undeniably a lack of personnel in the front line.

As such, Real Madrid could make do with some fortifications up front, particularly on the right flank.

Having joined Chelsea from PSV in the previous January winter transfer, Noni Madueke has the potential to emerge as a viable option for the Merengues this winter.

While he endured a topsy-turvy spell and has recently struggled to get a consistent run of games, Madueke has established himself as an explosive right-winger, who stood out as a remarkable dribbler in the Eredivisie.

With Real Madrid in need of a natural right-winger, Madueke perfectly fit the ball.

Despite repeatedly being excluded at club level, for the under-21 English national team, his output has been incredible as he has been one of the notable performers in the U21 Euro qualification rounds.

In five games this season, he has notched five goal contributions, with three goals and two assists.

When it comes to his play style, Madueke favors cutting inside from the right, taking on players, or playing provider from the right half-space. The 21-year-old’s creativity is an overlooked aspect of his gameplay.

As Chelsea continue to favor Mikhaylo Mudryk in the starting XI and deprive him of regular appearances, a loan move could certainly be on the cards.

And if Real Madrid come calling, the player would unlikely turn down such a massive opportunity, especially with the chance of partnering up with Jude Bellingham, his English compatriot.

Chimy Avila | Osasuna

Chimy definitely knows how to score vs Barcelona. (Photo by ANDER GILLENEA/AFP via Getty Images)

Keeping Real Madrid’s depletions in the front line in mind, a striker who can nail a first-sub position and rotate with Joselu would take away a lot of the scoring burden currently bestowed on some of the players in the squad.

Plying his trade for 14th-placed Osasuna in La Liga, Chimy Avila is one of the club’s top players and a diamond in the rough with an eye for goal that has particularly helped him stand out.

The Argentinean is incredibly astute in the final third of the game with his off-ball movements allowing him to slip into unguarded territory. Blindside runs and runs-in-behind allow him to attack the opposition box frequently.

Avila possesses exceptional intelligence in both moving and controlling the ball, which helps him create or score goals.

Admittedly, Osasuna would not easily budge for a loan deal with the player possessing a reported €30 million release clause.

Nonetheless, if Madrid hypothetically choose to pursue him permanently, €20-30 million for Osasuna would go a long way and they can sort out a replacement in January itself.

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Real Madrid 3-2 FC Barcelona – Player Ratings



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Still fatigued from their weary 120 minutes midweek against Manchester City, Real Madrid took on Barcelona at the Santiago Bernabeu earlier today in a fascinating clash.

Unlike the two previous games between the two sides this season, tonight’s Clasico was a very tight affair with both teams having their chances to steal the show. 

Andreas Christensen opened the scoring for Barcelona early in the night, giving the visitors the lead. A clean penalty conversion from Vinicius Jr, however, soon pulled one back for Los Blancos.

Fermin Lopez’s goal gave the Catalans the lead once more in the second period but the advantage was short-lived as Lucas Vazquez cut the deficit once more.

In the end, Jude Bellingham scored an injury-time winner for the men in white and Real Madrid got the result they required. The league title now appears written in their name.

Madrid Universal brings you the player ratings from El Clasico.

Andriy Lunin: 5

A relatively shaky night for the Ukrainian shot-stopper who never really looked confident with his saves. Was very poor in Andreas Christensen’s opener with his decision-making and came very close to conceding to a Lamine Yamal flick in the first half. 

Was directly at fault for the Blaugranas’ second goal of the night as he pushed the ball straight into the path of Fermin Lopez.

Lucas Vazquez: 10

A strong display from the Spanish full-back who once again showed that he is a potent force in the final third. Won the penalty for Real Madrid after some masterful trickery on the flank, setting up the team’s equaliser.

Found a stunning half-volley to stun Barcelona minutes after their second goal, levelling the scores once more. Was vital in the buildup for the team’s winner as well.

Sensational. (Photo by THOMAS COEX/AFP via Getty Images)

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6.5

The French centre-back was presumably chosen for his prowess in the air but was nowhere to be seen when Christensen netted Barcelona’s opener. Was regularly poor in defending against set pieces, especially at the far post.

Antonio Rudiger: 7

The German centre-back led the team’s defensive unit but was also far from his best on the night. Did not make any glaring mistakes, but fatigue is likely to have impacted his influence.

Eduardo Camavinga: 6

The young phenom started the game well and was a lively presence in the final third. However, he soon began to struggle to keep up with Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal who began running havoc down the flank.

Was caught napping for Yamal’s cross that set up Barcelona’s second goal of the night and was dribbled past twice. Replaced by Fran Garcia at the 70-minute mark.

Federico Valverde: 7

Real Madrid’s midfield machine was undoubtedly fatigued on the night, yet came out at the team’s most valuable asset off the ball.

Completed seven defensive actions and 92% of his passes, executing his duties well.

Toni Kroos: 8

Sitting deep in the defensive midfield, Kroos was instrumental in holding the fortress for Real Madrid on the break. Silky smooth as ever with his distribution and creativity, combined with some no-nonsense defending.

Luka Modric: 8

Showing his quality. (Photo by Florencia Tan Jun/Getty Images)

A good showing from the Croatian talisman who controlled the midfield alongside Kroos and Valverde throughout the first half. 

Jude Bellingham: 9

A much-improved performance from the Golden Boy who has been under scrutiny in recent weeks for his dip in form.

Bellingham was vital on the break for Real Madrid, dictating the attacking play of the team. He was immaculate with his passing range and completed 100% of his attempted dribbles.

Of all the Real Madrid players, Bellingham was likely the one who put in the biggest defensive shift when out of possession. Found the back of the net in emphatic fashion in the final minutes of the game to give his side the win.

Vinicius Jr: 8

Another Clasico goal. (Photo by OSCAR DEL POZO/AFP via Getty Images)

Not the Brazilian phenom’s best night on the grasses of the Santiago Bernabeu as he struggled to conjure up much on the counters. Regardless, he scored a vital penalty and even came close to assisting Rodrygo twice in the first half.

Laid the ball on a platter for Lucas Vazquez, setting up the team’s second goal.

Rodrygo Goes: 7

While Rodrygo did not enjoy too much freedom in the final third either, his runs between the lines often created problems for the visitors. Yet, one felt Real Madrid should have capitalised more on the 23-year-old’s presence in the final third.


Brahim Diaz: 7

Brought life to Real Madrid’s counterattacks after coming on, although he did not really get into the game considering Los Blancos’ defence-heavy strategy.

Fran Garcia: 7

Did relatively well to defend against Yamal, and demonstrated more defensive awareness than Camavinga.

Eder Militao: NA

Came on too late to make a tangible impact.

Joselu: NA

Came on too late to make a tangible impact.

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