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AC Milan schedule talks with Real Madrid to discuss €22m permanent move for Spaniard

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AC Milan will soon hold talks with Real Madrid to discuss the permanent signing of Brahim Diaz at the end of the ongoing campaign, reports transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.

Diaz is on loan at AC Milan from Real Madrid for the third consecutive season. Having spent the 2020/21 campaign at San Siro, the 23-year-old returned to the Rossoneri in 2021, this time on a two-year loan deal.

The loan agreement between the two clubs also included a permanent purchase option that Milan could trigger this summer. In order to sign Diaz permanently, the reigning Italian champions would have to shell out a fee of €22 million.

However, there was another clause inserted in the deal that would allow Real Madrid to re-sign him for €27 million.

Diaz has thrived in Milan under the tutelage of Stefano Pioli, becoming an integral part of the team. Having helped the Rossoneri end their long-running Serie A title drought last season, he has been in good nick this term as well, with six goal involvements in 15 league games.

Milan, for their part, intend to continue employing the services of Diaz beyond the ongoing campaign. However, past reports have indicated that they would wish to discuss a lower fee than the €22 million amount agreed upon with Real Madrid.

As for the Merengues, they are open to bringing Diaz back into the fold at the Santiago Bernabeu even though they are planning to renew Luka Modric and sign Jude Bellingham in the summer.

With the likes of Marco Asensio and Eden Hazard staring at uncertain futures, coupled with Modric’s advancing age, there may be space for the versatile attacking midfielder at the Spanish capital club.

With talks set to take place between the two clubs in the near future, it will be interesting to see how things progress. A lot will depend on what Diaz sees as the best option for himself and whether he is convinced about receiving a prominent role at Madrid.

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Ancelotti ‘liked’ €70 million Portuguese full-back offered to Real Madrid in January

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Joao Cancelo has, for a long time, been considered one of the best full-backs in the world of football. What makes the Portuguese international special is not just his ability to contribute flawlessly at both ends of the field but also the fact that he can recreate his magic on both flanks.

For a player of such quality to depart Manchester City unsurprisingly broke the internet. Cancelo signed for Bayern Munich on a six-month loan in January with a whopping €70 million purchase clause included in the paperwork.

According to reports from AS, the player preferred a move to Spain. Both Real Madrid and Barcelona were offered Cancelo’s services, and it was only after both La Liga giants rejected it that Bayern Munich got the chance to sign him.

For the Catalans, the player’s salary was the hurdle preventing his arrival. In Real Madrid’s case, however, it was the board’s reluctance to change the squad midway through the season.

For a long time now, Real Madrid have maintained a low profile in winter transfer windows. Carlo Ancelotti liked the full-back’s profile and saw him as a good fit, but the management would not hear of it.

Real Madrid have had a torrid time at the full-back position in recent weeks, indicating that the squad was in urgent need of new signings.

For almost a month, Ancelotti has been without a right-back after both Lucas Vazquez and Dani Carvajal suffered injuries. Just as the latter recovered, Ferland Mendy hobbled off the field and could miss six weeks of action.

Cancelo’s signing would have thus been the ideal way to kill two birds with one stone. Nevertheless, the management have their faith in the young Vinicius Tobias and it remains to be seen if their gamble pays off.

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