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Real Madrid forward wants to leave for free, club reluctant to terminate contract



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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.

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Real Madrid captain’s summer move to Al Ittihad under serious doubt




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Transfer market specialist Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that there are serious uncertainties regarding Nacho’s potential move to Al Ittihad. 

Despite extensive discussions about a two-year contract, both the player and the club have not yet given the final approval.

He adds that Real Madrid, on their part, are waiting for the defender to bring closure to this situation with a definitive decision expected in the coming days.

Just yesterday, it seemed Nacho was on the brink of joining the Saudi Arabian powerhouse, Al Ittihad. The Saudi club has been actively searching for defensive reinforcements for quite some time, and Nacho emerged as their preferred choice. 

If the move had gone through, it would have reunited him with his former Real Madrid teammate, Karim Benzema among sea of stars.

There is an extension on the table from Real Madrid

Interestingly, Real Madrid recently proposed a one-year contract extension to Nacho, but the player has not yet responded to this offer. 

Nacho’s potential move to Saudi is on the verge of collapse. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

However, there is a twist in Madrid’s extension proposal. As reported before, the offer comes with an expiry date, after which it will no longer be valid.

Reportedly, this offer to Nacho will expire on June 30, the same day his current contract expires as well.

Nacho working on a tight deadline

At present, Nacho finds himself in a dilemma about his future. He has just 15 days left to decide whether he will remain at Real Madrid. 

It is said that despite everything that; ‘s happening, Carlo Ancelotti has expressed his desire to keep Nacho in the squad and has communicated this directly to the player.

Despite the pressing timeline, Nacho has yet to make a decision, and it appears that even the move to the Saudi league is now slipping away.

To sum up, Nacho’s transfer situation remains uncertain, with both Real Madrid and Al Ittihad awaiting his decision, while time ticks away towards the contract deadlines.

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