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Real Madrid flop has offers from Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A – report

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Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz has not played for the team since making a substitute appearance against Elche in a 4-0 win in February. Given that he is out of favour and out of contract in the summer, the striker is courting interest ahead of the summer window.

According to Spanish news outlet ABC (h/t Madrid Xtra), the 29-year-old currently has offers from German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1 and Italian Serie A.

The forward first joined Real Madrid in 2011. Progressing through the youth setup, he was promoted to the senior team in 2016 by former manager Zinedine Zidane, thanks to a back injury to Karim Benzema.

Only a year after his senior team debut, Mariano moved to Olympique Lyonnais for a fee reported to be around €8 million plus add-ons.

After a breakthrough season in France, where he scored 21 goals in 45 games across all competitions, he was re-signed by Real Madrid.

Across his two stints with Los Blancos, the 29-year-old has made just 81 appearances across four-and-a-half seasons while scoring 12 goals.

Between the 2019/20 and 2021/22 seasons, Diaz scored just three goals in 30 league games. The 2022/23 season started as everyone expected, with the 29-year-old reduced to being a squad player.

His first appearance came in September against RB Leipzig in the UEFA Champions League where he played just five minutes. In fact, the longest he has played this season before getting injured was against Mallorca where he clocked 19 minutes in a 0-1 defeat in February this year.

Given the situation at hand, Real Madrid have no desire to renew his expiring contract and as things stand, he will be on the move in the summer on a Bosman deal.

Commenting on his future, Mariano’s agent had recently said: “He’s looking for a good team where he can be happy, which is not that he’s not happy in Madrid, but his contract runs out. A team where he can continue to be happy, regardless of whether he plays or not. There are many circumstances to consider.”

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Transfer Triumph: In-demand defender picks Real Madrid above other suitors

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Real Madrid have received a major transfer boost as Lille defender, Leny Yoro, has chosen to join Los Blancos over other interested clubs, reports Alejandro Alcazar via SPORT.

When Paris Saint-Germain attempted to negotiate a deal with Lille, offering more money than Real Madrid, Yoro made it clear he preferred the Spanish giants. 

Despite PSG’s efforts, including meetings with Yoro’s representatives, they could not convince him to change his mind.

Interestingly, the outlet mentions that Yoro is following a similar path to his compatriot Aurelien Tchouameni, who also chose Real Madrid despite competition from PSG and several Premier League teams. 

Real Madrid really value Yoro

Real Madrid see Yoro as a valuable addition, especially with the recent departure of Nacho. This move has made it crucial for the club to find a reliable replacement, and Yoro is their chosen candidate. 

It is to be noted that Yoro has one year remaining on his contract with Lille, who initially asked for a hefty €100 million transfer fee. 

Leny Yoro has picked Real Madrid over PSG, Liverpool and Man United. (Photo by JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

This amount was considered too high for a player who could leave for free after a year. Lille eventually reduced the asking price to €60 million, an amount that PSG and other clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool were willing to meet. 

However, Real Madrid were not prepared to pay more than €30 million, knowing that Yoro wanted to join them and could do so for free next year.

What is Real Madrid’s strategy?

It is said that Real Madrid’s initial plan was to let Yoro play one more year at Lille and sign him for free in 2025. They were even ready to offer Yoro a special signing bonus, similar to what they did with David Alaba and Antonio Rudiger, which would be added to his salary. 

But Nacho’s departure changed everything. Real Madrid now urgently need a fourth central defender, prompting them to enter negotiations with Lille, something they had previously avoided.

To secure Yoro’s signing this summer, Real Madrid are considering raising their offer to €40 million, including performance-based bonuses. 

Lille might accept this offer, knowing that Yoro could either join Real Madrid now or stay for another year and leave for free.

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