- Real Madrid have endured a miserable start to the campaign
- Ramos wants reinforcements and has three names in mind, according to reports
- Icardi, David Luiz and Kepa are said to be on his shortlist
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Real Madrid haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to this season, and Sergio Ramos reportedly wants changes and reinforcements to arrive.
Los Blancos sit in fourth place in the La Liga table, eight points adrift of leaders Barcelona, while they’ve had to settle for second place in their Champions League group after picking up just one point from two meetings with Tottenham.
Given how impressive they were last season with the league and Champions League double, it’s a real fall in a short space of time, with Gareth Bale continuing to struggle with injuries while attacking duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema have been struggling for form, as their respective goal tallies would suggest.
Add the fact that the Spanish giants allowed Alvaro Morata and James Rodriguez to leave this past summer, it was always going to be a struggle for them.
In turn, according to Diario Gol, as re-reported by The Express, Ramos wants to see the club act and that involves a three-man transfer shortlist which is made up of goalkeeper Kepa, Chelsea ace David Luiz and Inter striker Mauro Icardi.
With Keylor Navas seemingly failing to entirely convince despite playing his part in Madrid’s recent trophy haul, Kepa has been lined up while with Pepe departing over the summer, Luiz would fill a void left there as he remains on the fringes after his recent fallout with Antonio Conte, as per the Express.
That report also adds that Madrid are willing to splash out up to £79m on Icardi, and while that is a lot of money, the 24-year-old’s goalscoring record, particularly this season, can’t be argued with.
The Argentine forward has bagged 16 goals in 15 Serie A outings, captaining his side to top spot in the league as they remain unbeaten after 15 games.
In turn, he’s shown the goalscoring prowess on a consistent basis and leadership required to flourish at the Bernabeu, but it remains to be seen if the club agree with Ramos and his reported preferred targets.