Possible January 2019 signings for Real Madrid

3) James Rodriguez

The Colombian’s return to Real Madrid has suddenly become a talking point. After his acrimonious departure, Rodriguez set the German football alight with his fine skill and vision. He became an indispensable figure under JuppHyenckes but the situation has changed this term under new boss NikoKovac. There has been talk of a rift between Rodriguez and Kovac. James reportedly blasted Kovac’ s tactics in the dressing room putting forward his point that something needed to be changed because they were not Frankfurt. With reports of a rift, it is no mere coincidence that James has found playing time hard to come by. Munich bosses too have not made it certain that they would be signing the Colombian permanently. If he were to return to Real though, that could be a story written in heavens. Real desperately lack a mega star to turn the game on its head and James could certainly be that player. At least until next summer before the likes of Neymar or Hazard possibly arrive in Madrid.

2) Mauro Icardi

A youth product of La Masia makes chances of Icardi’s arrival at Real Madrid look rather bleak. The Inter captain has been banging in goals for the San Siro side for sometime now but it is only this season that he has come under the spotlight. Icardi seems to have matured a lot since his off the pitch troubles with Inter fans and his much publicized personal life. He has been a real leader for Inter and has been inspirational in their comebacks. He scored the crucial last minute goal against AC Milan while followed it up with a winner against Spurs in the Champions league. His participation in the Champions league does make him ineligible to play for Real this season in Europe but Real could still do with an Icardi in La Liga. KarimBenzema has looked utterly out of sorts and it is only a matter of time before the Frenchman leaves the Spanish capital. As such, Icardi could be the answer to Real’s problems up front.

1)Jose Maria Gimenez

Gimenez’s association with Atletico Madrid makes even the prospect of Gimenez signing for Real Madrid seem outrageous. In our defence though, certainly nobody envisioned Luis Figo joining Real Madrid from Barcelona. And if it is looked at from a purely football angle, Gimenez’s arrival would make a whole lot of sense. He is the kind of player Real Madrid are currently lacking in their defence. Sergio Ramos has been left exposed time and time again this season while Varane still looks to be getting over from what was a tiring world cup summer. Gimenez, on the other hand, has been at the heart of the rock solid Atletico Madrid defence which has conceded just 9 goals in the league this season. Moreover, Gimenez could prove to be the long-term successor to Sergio Ramos too. He has the grit and the plucky nature, the kind they love at Real Madrid.