You may have noticed that Real Madrid have been quiet this transfer window. In fact, Los Blancos are often quiet at this time of year when it comes to signing players.
The model is not a coincidence, the club does not believe in the winter market and for several years has tried to do as little business as possible in this period of the year.
It is not an easy period to operate in, where deals are often rushed and inflated by perceived necessity.
Real Madrid feel January signings are a bigger risk than summer transfers and they haven’t made a big signing this time around since Emmanuel Adebayor, at Jose Mourinho’s request.
One factor in this is that the players who are available in January are often those who are not considered vital by their clubs and thus arrive at their new team lacking physicality and match acuity.
This means it is very difficult for them to make the immediate impact expected of the January signings.
An eye on the market
This is not to say that Real Madrid are not watching the situation, as they are constantly monitoring the market for opportunities.
This applies to both departures and arrivals as the club will not seek to force any player to leave.
There are some players who are missing game time and could move on, but the club does not want to create any conflict with players who could still play a role this season.
Arrivals: Academy and summer
There has been a lot going on behind the scenes, but nothing has prompted Madrid to want to act now, rather than wait until the summer. Team harmony is essential at this stage of the season.
If Carlo Ancelotti needs any reinforcements in the short term, he knows where to find them in the B team. The likes of Mario Martin and Arribas could get more playing time before the end of the season.
Then, in the summer, the club will be able to operate more quietly and with a better picture of their budgetary possibilities. Priority will be Jude Bellingham.