If there’s one area Real Madrid need to strengthen during the January transfer window. Mariano and Borja Mayoral don’t appear to be long-term solutions, and the team lacks depth behind Karim Benzema, who has been plagued by inconsistencies all year long.
Therefore, Los Blancos are beginning to test the market and they have found two potential alternatives to bolster their depth. These are LA Galaxy’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Monaco’s Radamel Falcao, according to a report from Spanish outlet Sport.
The thought process behind this is quite simple – Real Madrid are looking for a proven, plug-and-play name who doesn’t need time to adjust. Arguably, both Zlatan and Falcao would fit that mold. Age might be an issue since Zlatan is 37 and Falcao is 32, but this would be a short-term move.
Ibrahimovic could be the favourite due to availability and cost, as Falcao is under contract at Monaco until 2020 so the French side could command a hefty fee to facilitate the transfer. But the Colombian is keen to leave the Ligue 1 side, and that could ease negotiations up. Meanwhile, Zlatan is a free agent and there is no clarity on whether he will return to the MLS for one more year.
One thing that’s clear is that both players would be substantial additions to a struggling Madrid attack.