Currently under extreme pressure to perform in both domestic and European fixtures, Real Madrid has been at the centre of many rumours involving the Janurary transfer period. Jose Mourinho, or the ‘Special One’, has stated his desire to see more depth in his squad’s attacking lineup, as well as the rest of the team. Los Blancos will undoubtedly be involved in several transfer deals this coming month.
Rumours regarding a move for Benzema to Juventus on loan have gathered momentum in recent weeks, with the Bianconeri keen to lure the Frenchman to Italy. With star striker Higuian nursing a hernia injury on his lower back and Benzema looking likely to depart for Juventus, rumours have circulated that Javier Hernandez could be a suitable replacement, with Jose Mourinho urging club officials to increase efforts to land Manchester United forward.
Manchester City striker Carlos Tevez, who has recently confirmed his desire to leave Mancini’s side, would also be a suitable addition to Los Blancos, although a return to his home country of Argentina seems a more likely move at this stage. Asamoah Gyan, a standout performer for Ghana during the recent FIFA World Cup in South Africa, seems to be heading towards the Spanish capital, according to The Sun, even though he has not been a regular first team starter with Sunderland. His five goals in 11 matches for the Black Cats have nonetheless caught the attention of Mourinho and other Madrid officials.
A move for Gael Clichy to Real Madrid is another shock transfer rumour which has begun to gather momentum in recent weeks. Rumours suggest that Los Blancos are poised to offer striker Karim Benzema in a swap deal for Clichy. Since failing to bring Inter Milan right-back Maicon to the Spanish capital in the weeks after the 2010 World Cup, rumours have once again reignited that the Janurary transfer period will be a prime opportunity for the Los Blancos officials to swoop for the Brazilian. A Maicon-Benzema swap is also an improbable scenario, although it would benefit Rafa Benitez’s struggling, injury-stricken squad.
Villareal’s current top scorer, Nilmar, is another possibility for Mourinho’s squad. The only stumbling block in this transfer deal would be the Brazilian’s buyout clause, which is set by Villareal at 60 million euros, meaning Los Blancos would need to evaluate whether Nilmar would be a worthy addition to the Real Madrid camp.
Kaka’s return from a meniscus injury in his knee during January will mark a long-awaited return which has seen the former AC-Milan player do very little for his Spanish employers since his move to Madrid in mid-2009. Los Blancos will be keen to see the Brazilian playmaker return to form and help the Spanish giants take honours in both La Liga and the European Champions League.
The upcoming January transfer period will be a busy time for all major football clubs around the world, with many teams keen to secure a squad that will lead them to success. For Real Madrid, the pressure to overthrow Barcelona as La Liga leaders could mean that Los Blancos are at the centre of several major transfer deals.
Article by Alexander "Real Madrid" Novo (Facebook and Twitter follower)