It was a pretty quiet summer at Real Madrid on the transfer front.
The Bernabeu only made one signing of note - triggering a buy-back clause for Alvaro Morata in a deal worth £25 million.
But Zinedine Zidane and co. may well be regretting the fact that they didn’t strengthen further as they were given a transfer ban a few months later which, if it’s upheld, will mean they’re unable to register any players until 2018.
However, Los Blancos will hope that they can somehow overturn the ban with Zidane branding it as “absurd.”
To be fair, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale, Toni Kroos and Luka Modric all set to commit their future to the club, Madrid aren’t exactly desperate for new players.
But if they could sign just one player, the original Ronaldo knows who he’d like.
The former Brazilian striker has identified the one player he wants Madrid to sign, if they could.
Asked during an interview on Onda Cero's "El Transistor" radio show, per ESPN, which player he would like to see move to the Bernabeu, former Madrid striker Ronaldo selected compatriot Coutinho.
"I would like to see Coutinho at Real Madrid, the Liverpool player," Ronaldo said.
Coutinho has impressed for Liverpool in recent years and the 24-year-old looks to be reaching new heights this season under Jurgen Klopp, scoring four in eight appearances.
It’s his performance for Brazil that have probably caught the eye of Ronaldo, though. Coutinho has now established himself as a regular for the national team and has managed to score five goals in his 20 caps to date.
And, after not winning a single trophy at Anfield since signing in January 2012, it would be very difficult to Coutinho to say no if Madrid came calling.
Liverpool fans will just be glad that Madrid are restricted from registering any players at the moment and won’t be pursuing a deal for Coutinho anytime soon.