Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Real Madrid would prefer Mauro Icardi to Timo Werner but ‘WILL sign a striker in January’

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Real Madrid would prefer Mauro Icardi to Timo Werner but ‘WILL sign a striker in January’

REAL MADRID will sign a top level front player in January, according to reports in Spain, with Mauro Icardi their preferred choice.

A dismal goals return has seriously hampered Zinedine Zidane‘s men, who currently sit a whopping ten points behind leaders Barcelona in La Liga.

Mauro Icardi is Real Madrid's first-choice striker for January transfer windowMauro Icardi is Real Madrid’s first-choice striker for January transfer windowAP:Associated Press Timo Werner is Real Madrid's alternative to Mauro Icardi in JanuaryTimo Werner is Real Madrid’s alternative to Mauro Icardi in JanuaryAFP

And Marca report they have identified Icardi as they man to ease their woes — with Timo Werner lined up as an alternative.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema has seriously struggled in front of goal this season, and Florentino Perez wants to bring in more youth.

Having missed out on Kylian Mbappe, Real Madrid opted not to sign anyone, which has proven a mistake.

Icardi, at 24, would tick all the boxes. He is a former Barcelona academy player and is currently the leading marksman in Italy with 16.

Mauro Icardi is currently top goal scorer in Serie A with 16 goals this seasonMauro Icardi is currently top goal scorer in Serie A with 16 goals this seasonAP:Associated Press Zinedine Zidane is desperate to bring in more firepower in JanuaryZinedine Zidane is desperate to bring in more firepower in JanuaryAFP

Furthermore, he would be eligible for the Champions League as Inter Milan failed to qualify.

One of the major issues would be the striker’s professed love for his current employers.

Having become an enemy of the fans due to controversial comments in his autobiography, he has rebuilt his relationship with interviews and social media posts explaining how happy he is at the club.

Werner is tipped to become a top German striker in the future, but his issue of playing in stadiums which create loud noises could prove a problem.

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Emmanuel Adebayor is among Real Madrid's less successful January purchasesEmmanuel Adebayor is among Real Madrid’s less successful January purchasesPA:Empics Sport

Real Madrid don’t normally do business in January, though they are also expected to bring in Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga.

Vice-captain Marcelo represents their only real decent business from the winter transfer window.

Julian Faubert, Emmanuel Adebayor and Antonio Cassano are among their less successful purchases.

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