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Lazio want to sign Real Madrid flop on a free transfer in January



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Real Madrid may not be interested in signing players in the January transfer window, but that does not imply that there will be no movements at the Santiago Bernabeu. The club will focus on the departures of the players not in Carlo Ancelotti’s plans, and Mariano Diaz is one such figure.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Lazio are interested in signing the 29-year-old in January but will only push for his signing if he will arrive on a free transfer.

While it sounds obnoxious at first, the Italian side’s request is not unreasonable as the player is in the final six months of his contract and no clubs are willing to pay a transfer fee for him in January.

The deal would clearly not be in Real Madrid’s best interest as the Spanish giants would like to get back a return on their investment. Yet, his exit would clear place on the squad and wage bill.

AS Roma were previously linked with the player, but Mourinho no longer seems interested in his profile. Meanwhile, Espanyol are quickly emerging as a potential destination and hope to accelerate talks soon.

Mariano Diaz has only made four appearances for Real Madrid in La Liga this season and is yet to start a game. He has failed to find the back of the net and is clearly not a part of the manager’s plans.

It remains to be seen if the European Champions deem Lazio’s request furnishable. Considering that the player’s value is unlikely to rise in the coming months and a contract renewal is off the table, the best option might be to ship Mariano out at the earliest, even if it would be for free.

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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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