With less than a week left before the summer transfer window closes, Real Madrid are continuing to focus on their outgoings.
Los Blancos are working hard to find a suitor for out-of-favour defender Alvaro Odriozola, while they also remain intent on getting rid of attacking outcast Mariano Diaz.
The 29-year-old striker has been told that he does not belong in manager Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and has been put up for sale. But for the longest part of the summer, he was reluctant to leave and wanted to see out his contract which expires next year.
However, there has been a change in Mariano’s stance recently, with the centre-forward now willing to consider leaving Real Madrid, as long as it is for another club in La Liga.
Now, AS is reporting that the former Olympique Lyon forward has added another condition for his exit this summer. As per the report, Mariano is now keen on leaving Real Madrid only if they terminate his contract and let him leave for free.
However, the Merengues are reluctant to entertain such an idea as they do not want to hand the striker a letter of freedom, even though they will be getting rid of his €9.5 million per year gross salary.
Instead, the champions of Spain and Europe are intent on getting some cash in exchange for the player’s departure, having invested over €30 million to sign him in 2018.
Mariano has attracted interest from several clubs in La Liga, but there have been no concrete offers made as of yet, mostly due to his wages.
However, Real Madrid believe that clubs could come forward in the final week of the window as there are likely to be some major striker departures – Alexander Isak of Real Sociedad is headed to Newcastle, Almeria’s Umar Sadiq could leave while Espanyol’s Raul De Tomas is also a target for many teams.
Hence, the Merengues are not rushing to make a decision on Mariano’s future and will not hand him a letter of freedom as of yet until it becomes clear that they cannot make any money from his departure.
There is a possibility that Real Madrid could consider a deal similar to Luka Jovic’s move to Fiorentina, where he was allowed to leave for free with Los Blancos retaining a percentage of future sales.
Real Madrid forward set for talks with Arsenal this week – report
With less than six months left on his contract, Marco Asensio looks to be on his way out of Real Madrid very soon. The Spaniard has not yet started talks to extend his contract with the Spanish giants, which has garnered the eyes from several top clubs across Europe.
One of the clubs interested in his signature happens to be Premier League leaders Arsenal. Mikel Arteta is said to be a fan of the player, and will try to be bring him to North London on a free transfer this summer.
According to Mirror, Asensio’s agents will fly to London this week to get an a better understanding Arsenal’s interest in the player. Talks are scheduled with Arsenal, among possibly other clubs.
Asensio’s priority remains to extend with Arsenal, but not at ‘any cost’. The winger is looking for raise with his new contract to go along with a four-year deal. The report states that he currently earns around €130,000 per week at Madrid.
The 27-year-old has been waiting for an official offer from Los Blancos for a while, but the club will wait for March or April before taking a decision on his extension.
Asensio took a while to grow important for Carlo Ancelotti this season, but has been featuring regularly on the right-wing lately. He even scored in 2-0 win against Valencia in midweek, taking his tally to two for the season, excluding three assists as well.
Arsenal are definitely looking to add more firepower to their squad for next season, having already brought in Leandro Trossard in the winter. Asensio could serve as the perfect backup to Bukayo Saka, who has been in incredible form all season.