Top five: Real Madrid transfer targets

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What's wrong at the Santiago Bernabeu? Usually a hive transfer activity, the home of Real Madrid has been eerily quiet this summer following their La Liga success last term.

Perhaps Jose Mourinho believes he already has at his disposal an attacking department capable to replicate the exploits of last term, where they broke new ground in the Spanish league in terms of points gained a goals scored.

However, if reports are to be believed, the Real Madrid manager will focus his attention on reinforcing at the other end of the pitch, while Mourinho is also keen to bolster his midfield.

GMF takes a look at Mourinho's main transfer window targets…

Micah Richards

Mourinho's pursuit of potential defensive has reportedly led him to Manchester City's Micah Richards, with the England international's versatility said to appeal to the former Chelsea manager.

Richards played a prominent role for City last season as they won the Premier League title so dramatically, although the 24-year-old did lose his place towards the end of last season.

City would reportedly need to be offered £25 million before they even consider letting Richards leave the Etihad Stadium, but Real consider this valuation to be too high.

Daniel Agger

Daniel Agger is a man in demand, with Barcelona, Manchester City and Real Madrid all reportedly pursuing the Liverpool centre-back.

The Denmark international is the type of ball-playing central defender suited to Los Blancos, and would replenish the ranks soon to be bereft of Ricardo Carvalho.

Agger has struggled with injury during his six years at Anfield, but is regarded as one of the club's most important players, and new Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers would be loath to sell the 27-year-old.

David Luiz

Real Madrid have a long-standing interest in Chelsea centre-back David Luiz, and were linked with a bid for the Brazil international during the January transfer window.

At that time, Luiz's future at Stamford Bridge appeared uncertain after numerous ill-disciplined displays at the heart of the Chelsea defence, but the 25-year-old has since been able to prove his worth.

Luiz arrived at Chelsea for €25 million from Benfica last year, and it would take a significantly greater sum for the west London club to entertain any offers.

Luka Modric

Mourinho looks likely to make Luka Modric his first signing of this summer transfer window, with reports on Sunday suggesting Real had agreed a deal with Tottenham for the Croatian.

Modric has been attempting to engineer a move away from White Hart Lane all summer, and was fined by Spurs for not reporting back to pre-season training.

According to The Sun, Spurs have finally accepted an offer of £36 million for Modric, who will contest the likes of Mesut Ozil and Angel di Maria for a regular place in Madrid.

Or will he…

Axel Witsel

According to reports in the Portuguese press, Real Madrid have actually decided to give up on Modric and instead focus their attention on signing Benfica's Axel Witsel.

Benfica, it is claimed, will allow the Belgium international to leave the Estadio da Luz for €40 million, just one year after signing Witsel from Standard Liege.

Along with Real, the 23-year-old midfielder has also been linked with a move to the Premier League, with both Manchester United and Chelsea credited with interest.

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