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5 signings Real Madrid must make in the summer.

At the end of last year, Florentino Perez was somehow able to get Real Madrid’s high-profile transfer ban overturned. This means the Galacticos are now legible to make signings in the coming summer. As the highest spending club in all of the modern football, the ruling has put the whole transfer market on alert. Suddenly clubs are trying to tie their star players down to long-term contracts in fear of a Madrid swoop.

If Zinedine Zidane is to build on a relatively successful season, he needs major reinforcements in the summer. There are several holes in this Real Madrid team that if correctly addressed, they could turn Los Blancos into a quadruple-winning team.

Here are 5 signings Real Madrid should make this summer.

GK: David De Gea

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David De Gea has kept 13 clean sheets 31 league games.

Throughout this season Keylor Navas has repeatedly shown us why he will never be a Galactico. The keeper has made several blunders in big games, leaving his defensive partners red-faced. The Madrid faithful have never been too keen on the Costa Rican keeper and this season his performances have only fuelled that hatred. Madrid fans have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of their fellow countryman David De Gea ever since the infamous fax machine scandal back in 2015.

Since then the Spaniard has undoubtedly become the best shot-stopper in the world, carrying United on several occasions. However, it finally looks as though the 26-year old will be getting his dream move to the Bernabeu this summer. It's reported that Manchester United would accept a bid in the region of £60m for the keeper, a fee Florentino Perez would be more than happy to fork out.

RB: Serge Aurier

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Serge Aurier has created 20 chances from crossing positions.

If you've watched Real Madrid over the past year and a half, you’ll know that width from the full-backs is integral to build up play and creating chances. Nowadays, Dani Carvajal & Marcelo are the ones who create the most goalscoring opportunities for the forwards. The two are arguably the best in the world in their positions. But having the world's best in these positions means that when either get injured, the drop-off in quality is drastic.

Danilo is currently Madrid's 2nd choice right-back and he is simply not up to the required standard. Serge Aurier is the perfect attacking full-back to help replicate the talents of Dani Carvajal, perhaps even challenge him for a starting place. The Ivorian is physically strong, athletic, quick and always willing to make supporting runs. The 24-year old is also versatile meaning he could add solidity to Madrid’s wing play if brought on as a late sub.

CB: Marquinhos

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Marquinhos has 17 caps for Brazil.

Quick, versatile and good in 1v1s, the Brazilian is everything a Real Madrid defender needs to and should be. At PSG, the 22-year old’s career has been at somewhat of a standstill. His progress has often been overshadowed by his commanding partner in Thiago Silva. Many recognise the youngster as an understudy and not a quality defender in his own right.

Marquinhos excels at passing out from the back, shielding the ball from pressure, dribbling out through the defensive third and tackling someone 1 on 1. Alongside Raphael Varane, the two could create a formidable partnership that could dominate world football for years to come. With Real Madrid’s current 4th choice CB being Nacho Fernandez, it’s imperative the Spanish club make Marquinhos a priority transfer target.

DM: William Carvalho

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Carvalho has maintained an 89% pass accuracy this season.

As one of the most exciting prospects in world football, William Carvalho’s career deserves a move to the Bernabeu. The youngster is a hybrid between a holding midfielder and defensive midfielder, meaning he has the intelligence to position himself to protect the team. As well as possessing the physical traits to win duels and be strong in tackles. The Portuguese maestro is exceptional at distributing play, playing through balls, dribbling out of tight spaces and creating chances, as well as being able to break up play efficiently.

The signing of Carvalho would reduce the creative responsibilities on the shoulders of Toni Kroos, thus allowing the German to roam forward more to create more in the final third. This would help reduce Real Madrid’s reliance on crosses, thus allowing Kroos to play through balls to Bale, Benzema & Ronaldo. The signing of the 25-year old would significantly upgrade the current DM Casemiro as the Brazilian is fairly limited attacking wise and is more suited as a defensive substitution.

LW: Eden Hazard

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Eden Hazard has scored 14 league goals this season.

As Cristiano Ronaldo continues to evolve into a complete number 9, the need for a devastating winger is becoming more urgent. A winger with high creativity, dribbling skills and vision is needed to ensure Real are still a force to be reckoned with. Ronaldo's unstoppable movement requires constant service, so why not sign one of the most creative players in the world, in Eden Hazard?

Whether you think he’s over-hyped or not, it’s hard to argue with the Belgian’s stats this season. This season alone, Eden has created 66 chances in 30 appearances. This kind of creativity is needed at the Bernabeu, just imagine a front three of Hazard, Ronaldo & Bale. A front three of lightning pace, agile dribbling and untraceable movement.

About the Author Mathaeus Abuwa

Arsenal fan with a soft spot for Pascal Cygan.

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