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Real Madrid actively looking to sell out-of-favour striker and defender

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Real Madrid got their important transfer business done very early this summer, securing the signings of Antonio Rudiger and Aurelien Tchouameni.

Since then, the focus has largely been on player exits, with Isco, Marcelo and Gareth Bale leaving as free agents while Luka Jovic, Takefusa Kubo, Victor Chust and Mario Gila have all been sold.

The most recent exit from the Spanish capital club was that of Borja Mayoral, who has re-signed for Getafe on a permanent transfer after spending the second half of the last season on loan with the Azulones.

But, Real Madrid are still looking to offload two more players before the transfer window slams shut, reports AS. The two stars in question are Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz.

Odriozola is back at the Bernabeu after spending the last season away on loan at Fiorentina. The right-back was given some opportunities to make an impression on manager Carlo Ancelotti during the pre-season tour of the USA.

However, the former Real Sociedad ace failed to make the most of his chances, with Ancelotti deciding to stick with Lucas Vazquez as Dani Carvajal’s understudy while Vinicius Tobias will be the third-choice right-back. It has left Odriozola’s future in limbo and Real Madrid are actively looking to part ways with him.

Mariano, meanwhile, has entered the final year of his contract at the club. And despite Ancelotti’s insistence that he is not part of the plans, the 29-year-old is keen on staying put and seeing out his contract as he believes he can change the manager’s mind.

Mariano was overlooked by Ancelotti during the friendly against Barcelona when Karim Benzema was unavailable. The manager opted to play Eden Hazard as a false-nine instead of calling on the Dominican striker, indicating his status within the squad.

Fenerbahce were willing to sign him up, but Mariano turned down a transfer. There is interest from clubs in La Liga and Real Madrid hope to offload him at the earliest so that they can sign a new No. 9 to provide cover for Benzema.

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  1. Edward

    August 5, 2022 at 9:53 am

    It’s a clear picture of giving mariano out and signing a new striker to replace Benzema

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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