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Official: Mariano leaves Real Madrid on a free transfer

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Real Madrid have already announced their second departure of the day, confirming Mariano Diaz will leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the season.

The Dominican Republic international joined Madrid as a youngster seven years ago, but left for Olympique Lyonnais in 2017. He made 34 appearances for Lyon in 2017/18, scoring 18 goals and giving four assists.

He was brought back after this impressive season, but his tenure at Real Madrid has gone far from what they expected or planned.

Now in his fifth season after rejoining, he has scored a grand total of six goals, which includes none this season. He does have an El Clasico goal to his name, though, when he came on for Karim Benzema in the last minute in 2019/20, scoring one goal in one minute.

Madrid have already parted with Marco Asensio on a free transfer this season, who is set to join PSG on a Bosman move once his contract clocks up in a month.

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Real Madrid 23-year-old striker close to finalising a move to Real Valladolid – report

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After two years on loan at Getafe, former Real Madrid striker Juanmi Latasa has returned to the Spanish capital.

His performances, after all, were not enough to coerce his foster club to push for a permanent transfer.

The 23-year-old striker made 32 appearances for Getafe last season, including 15 starts. However, he only had two goals to show for his regular participation and it is safe to label his time at the club as a disappointment.

Now back in Madrid, Latasa is unlikely to get a chance to make a mark at the club. All signs point to a departure in the coming days.

The overwhelming favorite

As revealed in a recent report by Jorge C Picon, several first-division teams in Spain have reported interest in the young striker. Real Valladolid however, are the overwhelming favourites.

The La Liga side are looking for a striker with a good physical presence, height, a strong aerial presence and a knack for goal.

Latasa (L) set to leave Real Madrid. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Latasa ticks all the boxes they demand and negotiations between the two clubs are expected to progress in the coming days.

Latasa’s sale, at this point, is thus taken for granted. Leganes and Espanyol are some of the other clubs interested in his services.

No scope in Madrid

Carlo Ancelotti, over the years, has not carved out a reputation as one who trusts academy stars heavily. In his defence, however, he has always had superior options available.

Heading into next season, Los Blancos have a packed forward department including Kylian Mbape, Vinicius Jr, Rodrygo Goes and Endrick.

Considering that the well-established Joselu himself saw no scope at the club next season, it is safe to say that Latasa understands his situation.

From Real Madrid’s perspective, it remains to be seen if they maintain any leverage on his future.

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