Real Madrid signed a new striker, Pepe, from Barcelona in the summer and Barca has already signed another midfielder in Pedro and a forward in Dani Alves.
In contrast, Pepe was an obvious target for Real Madrid this summer, even if they had to wait until the transfer window closed to make a move.
This is the first in a two-part series looking at the best moves and signings made by Real Madrid in the first half of the 2018/19 season.
First, here’s what Real Madrid did in the second half of their campaign: 1.
Pepe: After a solid campaign, Real Madrid brought Pepe back to the club and brought in a striker, Javier Mascherano.
Pepe has been one of the best performers for the Spanish side this season, and he was the best player in La Liga for the first quarter of the campaign.
“We wanted to play more direct,” he said in January.
“We are not in a position to play the ball in the centre, but we want to be a more direct team.”
The 25-year-old is currently on loan at Atletico Madrid, but Barca have shown interest in signing him.
They signed Dani Alvas at the start of the season, who was signed as a replacement for Luis Suarez and has already made his debut for the Catalans.
The club have also shown interest, with the Argentine president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, also reportedly interested.2.
Luis Suarez: The Uruguayan striker is currently a player in the Real Madrid squad, but he will leave the club in the next few months.
Real Madrid were looking for a replacement to Suarez, who left Barca to join Manchester United in the winter.
After a successful spell at the Bernabeu, he returned to the Spanish capital, but the club have shown an interest in making a move for him.
Suarez joined Barcelona for around £30m in 2014 and has gone on to make over 100 appearances for the club, scoring 20 goals.
In January, Barça reportedly paid £45m for him, but his contract is still in place.3.
Dani Alva: The 26-year old forward joined Barca in 2014, but was unable to break into the starting XI until the second year of the Barca’s La Liga campaign.
At the start, he was one of Barca and Spain’s best players, but Alva has now struggled for minutes at the Estadio Vicente Calderon.
The 26 year old has made 18 appearances for Barca this season and has scored four goals.
Alva, who has also scored two goals for Real, will move to Barcelona from Athletic Bilbao in the 2017/18 season.4.
Pedro: The Argentinian forward is the club’s most expensive signing, and was a big part of Real Madrid’s record-breaking season.
The 21-year the forward has also played for Barça, Sevilla, Athletic BilBao and Barça B. The 24 year old is currently out on loan with Sevilla.
Pedro is also currently on a loan at Athletic Bil, where he has made nine appearances for.5.
Dani Vela: The Argentina international was a constant threat at the Calderon, scoring six goals in nine La Liga appearances.
At 23, he is one of Real’s youngest players, and the Argentine striker was also on the verge of making his La Liga debut last season.
However, the striker is out on a free transfer at the end of the current season.6.
Alves: The Brazilian forward is one player in a crowded attacking line-up at Real Madrid, and his arrival was not a surprise.
The 29 year old was a star for the Brazilian national team and he is now a target for Barcelona.
The 22 year old will join Barcelona for €20m from Brazilian side Corinthians.7.
Alvaro Morata: The Spain international, who made seven La Liga starts last season, has been out on an injury-short loan at Real from Real Madrid.
The Spaniard is the third highest scorer in the league this season with 23 goals, and is also a target of Barcelona.
Morata, who scored five goals in 22 appearances for Real this season before the move, will now be joined by Neymar, Neymar’s father, for Barceloneta.8.
Allez: The Colombian winger has struggled for appearances for Barcelona this season after joining from Real.
Alrez, who signed from Sevilla in 2015, made only five La Liga start appearances last season and is now out on his contract.
The 27 year old, who is now at the age of 25, has scored three goals and assisted four others this season.9.
Mascheranos: The Argentine midfielder signed from Manchester United for £26m in 2016, and has played in all competitions for the Blues this season but has yet to play a first team game.