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Real Madrid misfit set to stay as no takers emerge despite club’s €0 transfer fee demand

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Four years ago, Real Madrid officially announced that they had re-signed Mariano Diaz from Olympique Lyon to bolster their squad. He was handed Cristiano Ronaldo’s famous No. 7 shirt and was thought to be the future of Los Blancos’ forward line.

Fast forward to 2022 and the player’s situation is dreadful. The club are desperately trying to sell the 29-year-old but have not seen any light at the end of the tunnel.

According to reports from MARCA, Real Madrid were even open to allowing the player to leave for free. Mariano was also inclined towards a departure, but no clubs were interested in his services despite the €0 price tag.

Now, his departure from the club seems impossible this summer and the forward will stay at Real Madrid for the coming season.

Last season, the 29-year-old centre-forward only played nine La Liga games for the club with a total game time of 350 minutes. In that duration, he scored one goal and provided one assist.

It is clear that Carlo Ancelotti does not count on the former Lyon forward as he has not seen a single minute so far this season. A departure would be the best solution for all parties involved, but that is no longer a possibility.

Mariano signed a five-year contract with Los Blancos when he returned to the club in 2018 and it ends next June when he will be a free agent.

With no club willing to sign the player, it is increasingly possible that Mariano’s story at Real Madrid ends with the expiration of his contract in 2023, meaning the club will be unable to recover any of the €23 million they spent on his arrival.

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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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