Real Madrid forward Borja Mayoral, whose loan agreements with AS Roma and Getafe ended in June, is wanted by Celta Vigo and Getafe.
According to Santos Relevo (h/t Madrid Xtra), Los Blancos would contemplate moving the striker on, if Mariano Diaz decides to stay at the club but neither Celta nor Getafe have yet made an approach to Madrid.
Mayoral is seen by Carlo Ancelotti as a reliable backup for Karim Benzema. If Mariano does ultimately decide to join Fenerbahce, Mayoral will stay put in the Spanish capital.
Luka Jovic, who would’ve been ahead of Mayoral in the pecking order is also on his way out as he looks certain to join Fiorentina for the upcoming season.
Mayoral, a product of Real Madrid’s youth programme, made his first-team debut in 2015 and has since played 33 times, contributing seven goals. The 25-year-old has spent most of his professional career on loan as he has gone through periods with VfL Wolfsburg, Levante, AS Roma, and Getafe.
The major question stays whether Mayoral himself would prefer to stay in the Spanish capital considering the game time he would be receiving.
Under Carlo Ancelotti, Mayoral would have trouble getting consistent playing time considering the form Benzema has shown.
Celta Vigo are in the market for an attacking addition as a replacement for Santi Mina, who has been handed a prison sentence for sexual assault charges.
And the Galician outfit have identified Borja Mayoral as a possible target for the summer, although signing him might not be as easy.
The Spaniard would reportedly prefer a move to Coliseum Alfonso Pérez, as Getafe seem interested in re-signing him as manager Quique Sanches Flores pushes for the deal.
A move to Getafe could be the preferred option for the 25-year-old after he enjoyed a fairly impressive spell with the Azulones.
Key Real Madrid defender still not 100% fit ahead of Club World Cup semi-final – report
Carlo Ancelotti heads into the FIFA Club World Cup in a pressure cooker situation. The pressure on the manager’s shoulders is immense, for his job could be on the line after Real Madrid’s poor run of form.
The injury situation does not favour the Italian tactician either. Lucas Vazquez, Ferland Mendy, Karim Benzema, Eder Militao and even Thibaut Courtois are out of the semi-final against Al Ahly, leaving him very few options to play with.
According to reports from Jorge C Picon, David Alaba too is not completely fit yet. The Austrian International was given the medical all-clear and entered the squad for Real Madrid’s game against Mallorca, yet started on the bench as he was not at 100%, and that remains the case ahead of tonight’s clash.
The report, however, adds that his mere inclusion in the squad comes as a breather for Ancelotti. Alaba is highly valued by the technical staff, not only for his reading of the game on the field but also for his leadership.
The defender has already missed seven games for Los Blancos since sustaining a muscular injury against Villarreal at La Ceramica. He did indeed come off the bench for under half an hour against Mallorca, but will likely not be risked to start on Thursday.
In his absence, Nacho Fernandez and Antonio Rudiger are expected to take centre stage in defence in Morocco. Eduardo Camavinga, meanwhile, could start as left-back again.
Alaba has played 17 games for Los Blancos this season and was one of the players with the most minutes until his injury. In his league campaign so far, he has scored one goal and provided three assists while also averaging a key pass every ninety minutes.
It remains to be seen if the Austrian recovers completely in time for the Club World Cup final should the European Champions make it. As it stands, using a cautious approach is in Real Madrid’s best interest.