Spanish giants Real Madrid won their much longed for ‘La Decima’ last season, claiming their tenth European Cup against arch-rivals Atletico Madrid in the final.
The fact that Los Blancos came third in La Liga mattered little to the Madridista’s.
However, it looks like the Real hierarchy are determined to make the club from the Spanish capital dominate at home and abroad once again.
Their summer transfer targets show that they mean business next season.
Los Blancos already had a strong midfield and have now added Germany’s star playmaker Toni Kroos to their squad. The midfielder joined Los Blancos for £20million from German giants Bayern Munich.
Kroos is establishing himself as one of the best playmakers in world football and had a crucial hand in Die Mannschaft’s 7-1 World Cup semi-final hammering of hosts Brazil. At £20million he should be considered a bargain compared to the inflated prices that English clubs have paid for players this summer.
Is he a better buy than Adam Lallana, who cost Liverpool £5million more? Will he produce more than Manchester United’s Ander Herrera who cost £30million? Time will tell, but on paper he looks to be far better value for money than a lot of the players who have arrived at English clubs this summer.
A number of British tabloids are reporting that Los Blancos are on the verge of signing World Cup golden boot winner James Rodriguez for £63million from Ligue one club Monaco. Rodriguez was one of the stars of the World Cup, as he helped Colombia reached the quarter-finals, only to be kicked off the pitch by the hosts in the last 8 game.
Rodriguez has long been a highly-rated talent, but because he was plying his trade in lesser European leagues his talent was not always on the radar. His talent is well and truly on the radar now.
Even with all Real’s attacking talent, Rodriguez would still add something to their team and make the Los Blancos team even stronger. Real Madrid having Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in the same team would be truly frightening proposition for any opposition defence.
It could get even better for Los Blancos fans, with Rodriguez’s international and club teammate Radamel Falcao heavily linked with a move to the Bernabeu this summer. The prolific 28-year-old is currently recovering from an injury that contributed to him missing out on the World Cup.
However, he is believed to be looking for a big move this summer after just one lucrative season in Ligue One. The likes of Manchester City and Chelsea are also being linked with the striker, but Falcao already knows La Liga well from his days at Atletico Madrid and is probably more likely to join their cross city rivals.
Barcelona has also been busy this summer already with the marquee £75million signing of Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from Liverpool. Some have been saying that the thought of Suarez lining up alongside Brazilian star Neymar and Argentinian ace Lionel Messi is an exciting one.
I would argue that the possibility of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao could be just as exciting, and that is coming from a big admirer of the men from Catalonia.
Barca and Real have always really been the dominate forces in Spanish football. They have more money and power than any of their Spanish rivals. Last season somehow Atletico Madrid managed to wrestle the Spanish title off the pair.
The pair’s response to that was to spend big money and improve their already impressive squads even further. The fact that Chelsea have lost star striker Diego Costa to Chelsea and could be about to lose full-back Felipe Luis to the Blues will add to Atleti’s difficult in sustaining a challenge next season.
This summer is a typical summer for the big boys of La Liga though. The pair seems to annually bring in a big money signing. Last summer for Real it was Gareth Bale, this summer it could be James Rodriguez.
For their Catalan rivals it was Brazilian poster boy Neymar last summer and obviously this summer Luis Suarez. It just illustrates the gulf between the two big boys and the rest of the Spanish league.
If Real do bring in Rodriguez and Falcao it will be hard to see any of their Spanish rivals touching them in La Liga, including Barcelona. The Catalan giants are in major transition, with a new manager and club mainstays Carles Puyol and Victor Valdes now departed.
Real Madrid may be European champions, but as always they are certainly not resting on their laurels in the transfer market. By the time La Liga kicks off next month Real could have an even more talented squad than last season, which quite frankly is bad news for their opponents at home and abroad.
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