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Real Madrid flop wanted on a free transfer by Italian giants this month

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Mariano Diaz will see his contract with Real Madrid expire at the end of the season. The out-of-favour striker is not a player that Carlo Ancelotti counts on and according to Cadena SER, Italian giants SS Lazio are interested in signing him this month.

Mariano returned to Real Madrid in 2018, after a season away at Olympique Lyon where he enjoyed a solid campaign. However, the 29-year-old was unable to produce the same kind of form upon returning to the Santiago Bernabeu and soon fell down the pecking order.

The striker has hardly taken the field for Real Madrid under Carlo Ancelotti, playing just 11 times across all competitions last season. He has taken the field just five times in 2022/23, clocking up a meagre 25 minutes of on-field action.

Real Madrid have no intentions of extending his expiring contract at the end of the season and Mariano seems primed to leave the club as a free agent come summer.

However, Italian club Lazio are hoping to accelerate his exit from the Santiago Bernabeu by signing him up in the ongoing winter transfer window itself.

The Biancocelesti are pushing for a top-four finish and with ace striker Ciro Immobile sidelined with an injury, Maurizio Sarri’s side are on the lookout for a new centre-forward.

But with finances tight, they are looking at cost-effective options, which has led them to Mariano Diaz.

As per the report, Lazio want to sign the Real Madrid striker without shelling out any transfer fee for his services, as he has less than six months left on his contract.

Given that the 29-year-old is not a part of Ancelotti’s scheme, Los Blancos could be open to the prospect of sanctioning an exit this month, even if they do not receive a fee for his services. With less than two weeks left in the transfer window, only time will tell if this move materialises.

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Official: Real Madrid duo start for Spain against Luka Modric’s Croatia

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Spain will begin their UEFA Euro 2024 journey in a little over an hour with a clash against Croatia at the Olympiastadion in Berlin.

Ahead of the match, Luis de la Fuente has announced the starting lineup that will be taking the field for La Roja and two Real Madrid stars feature in the team.

Indeed, Los Blancos’ captain Nacho Fernandez gets the nod as one of the centre-backs amid some injury concerns for Spain.

Meanwhile, Dani Carvajal holds on to his usual place as the right-back for La Roja against Croatia.

There is no place in the starting lineup for Real Madrid forward Joselu, though, with De la Fuente preferring Alvaro Morata as his No. 9 instead.

While Croatia are yet to announce their starting lineup, it is all but certain that Real Madrid midfielder and legend Luka Modric will be in the team and will be captaining them against two of his club teammates today.

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