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Former Real Madrid manager ‘sounds out’ unwanted striker over January switch to England

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Wolverhampton Wanderers’ disastrous start to the campaign had led to the sacking of Bruno Lage at the start of last month. Although they had been since playing under the leadership of interim manager Steve Davis, the club may soon appoint a proper successor.

Former Real Madrid and Spain manager Julen Lopetegui is currently the favourite to replace Davis and become the full-time manager of Wolves this season.

It is an appointment that may benefit Los Blancos too, as the club are hoping to sell one of their attacking outcasts in the form of Mariano Diaz.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Lopetegui may push for the signing of Diaz after joining Wolves. The former Madrid boss, after all, was a huge admirer of Diaz’s qualities during his time at Bernabeu and had brought him from Lyon in 2018.

Once the recipient of the iconic number seven kit of Real Madrid, Diaz is currently not even considered a proper member of the first team. He has struggled for prominence under Carlo Ancelotti, having only appeared in 14 minutes of football in all competitions this term.

Diaz was even linked with a move away from Bernabeu in the summer transfer window, but a move did not materialise. With his contract expiring in 2023, the January window will be Real Madrid’s last opportunity to cash in on Diaz or they will lose him for nothing at the end of the seasn.

Given the failures of Wolves’ frontline this season, Lopetegui may indeed consider the possibility of signing a new striker. And the report indicates that the former Sevilla boss as already sounded out Mariano, who does offer experience at the highest level of football.

The forward might not cost a fortune either, with his current deal expiring at the end of the season. Real Madrid, therefore, could certainly prefer a January deal as they look to get rid of the player as soon as they can, while generating revenue, albeit insignificant, in the process.

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Ancelotti-favourite defender will leave Real Madrid if club signs 23-year-old ace

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With Kylian Mbappe’s signing now a completed objective, Real Madrid turn to what was always considered the second most critical operation of this summer – Alphonso Davies.

The Canadian full-back has been on Los Blancos’ radar for a while now, but with his contract with Bayern Munich running until 2025, his signing is seen to be a tad bit more complicated.

The Bavarians’ firm stance that they wish to persist with the speedster, needless to say, has only made the objective more complicated for Los Blancos.

No room for three

Despite Bayern Munich’s repeated advances towards Davies in recent weeks, Real Madrid are firm that they will attempt to sign the player this summer.

In light of the Canadian full-back’s possible arrival, Cadena SER reveals that Ferland Mendy will almost certainly leave Real Madrid if Davies’ signing is pulled off.

Carlo Ancelotti is clear that he has no room for three left-backs in his squad. One of Fran Garcia and Mendy must thus leave the Spanish capital in such a scenario and the Frenchman is better placed on that front.

Ferland Mendy (L) could leave Real Madrid if Davies arrives.. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

Mendy’s current deal in Madrid runs out next year and the player has been informed that a decision over his future at the club will be taken shortly.

On track with Davies

The Spanish outlet also reveal that the Canadian speedster rejected an offer from Bayern Munich in recent hours and that his departure from the Bavarian capital is not ruled out.

Bayern Munich demand a sum of €50 million for the dynamic full-back. Real Madrid, however, have set a spending limit of €30 million for the youngster and will not exceed that sum in any scenario.

Vincent Kompany’s men thus have a critical decision to make, for allowing Davies to run down the final year on his deal may well back-fire as did the case of Kylian Mbappe with PSG.

Real Madrid, as it stands, appear to be in the driver’s seat.

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