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AC Milan seeking discount on the €22 million price tag to sign Real Madrid loanee

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AC Milan have every intention of signing Real Madrid loanee Brahim Diaz permanently in the summer but want to do so for a price lower than the initially agreed-upon €22 million fee, claims Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo).

Diaz signed for Real Madrid from Manchester City in January 2019 and after 18 months at the club, during which he managed just 21 appearances, he has constantly been farmed out on loan to AC Milan.

Indeed, the 23-year-old is currently in his third year on loan at Milan. Having first spent the 2020/21 campaign at San Siro, the Spanish attacking midfielder returned to the Rossoneri again in 2021, this time on a two-year stint that included a permanent purchase clause of €22 million.

During his time in Italy, Diaz has developed well and played a key role in Milan’s Serie A title triumph last year. He has also made a good start to the ongoing campaign, racking up four goals and an assist in 13 Serie A matches.

While it has been reported that Real Madrid would look favourably upon the prospect of including the Spaniard in their squad next season, the aforementioned outlet claims Los Blancos would not be averse to a sale.

AC Milan, for their part, are said to be intent on signing Diaz permanently. They have been crunching numbers in order to assess if they can trigger the €22 million permanent buy option, but find it difficult.

Hence, the Italian champions are hoping to negotiate a lower fee with Real Madrid for the permanent purchase of Diaz.

Apart from the €22 million purchase option, the agreement between Milan and Madrid also included a clause that would allow the Merengues to re-sign Diaz for a fee of €27 million.

Diaz, for his part, is believed to be open to returning to Real Madrid, but would only do so if he feels there is space for him in the first-team setup under Carlo Ancelotti. The situation is delicately poised at the moment and all options are possible and it remains to be seen where the 23-year-old ends up next season.

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Real Madrid face Premier League, Saudi Arabia competition for free transfer target

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Real Madrid are set to welcome two new stars this summer, Kylian Mbappe and Endrick, but the Merengues are keen on further bolstering their squad.

Owing to the embarrassment of riches Real Madrid possess in midfield, replacing Toni Kroos with a new signing in midfield is not seen as an immediate priority.

Nonetheless, interesting opportunities will invariably be evaluated closely and it appears the name of Adrien Rabiot has entered the club’s crosshairs.

Real Madrid not the only ones interested

But, according to Gazzetta dello Sport, Real Madrid face stiff competition from Premier League clubs and Saudi Arabian teams in their pursuit of midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

The French midfielder is set to become a free agent if he chooses not to renew his contract with Juventus, a decision that seems increasingly likely.

Rabiot set to become a free agent this summer. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Known for his technical prowess and versatility, Rabiot excels at playing multiple roles in midfield and notably thriving as a goal threat with late runs inside the opposition box that tend to catch opponents off guard.

While Real Madrid have no shortage of quality in midfield, Dani Ceballos’ exit could pave the way for the 29-year-old to secure a signing for Los Blancos.

However, Real Madrid would have to outmanoeuvre both the financial prowess of Saudi Arabian teams and the competitive allure of Premier League clubs to secure Rabiot’s signature.

On top of that, Juventus are also not giving up on their efforts to try and renew the contract of the French international.

In any case, Rabiot is unlikely to be a priority target for the club but they will be sure to keep a close eye on how his situation develops.

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