Real Madrid have several players on their roster whose contracts expire at the end of the season. While most of them are expected to be renewed, one star whose exit seems to be sealed is Mariano Diaz.
The 29-year-old striker has struggled for relevancy since re-signing for Real Madrid from Olympique Lyon in the summer of 2018. While he had been sparingly used in the past, this season, the centre-forward has found himself completely out of favour under Carlo Ancelotti.
Indeed, in the entirety of the 2022/23 season, Mariano has played just 25 minutes of football even though Real Madrid have had to deal with Karim Benzema’s injury-enforced absence for almost half their matches this season.
While a January move has been speculated, reports in Italian publication Corriere dello Sport (h/t Mundo Deportivo) claim that Mariano is likely to see out the remainder of the season at Real Madrid before leaving as a free agent in the summer.
And, Serie A heavyweights Lazio have been touted as potential destination for the 29-year-old striker. The Italian capital outfit are on the lookout for a new striker to provide cover for star man Ciro Immobile and have seemingly narrowed in on Mariano as a possible option.
As iterated earlier, Real Madrid have no intention to renew the former Olympique Lyon striker. But given that Los Blancos do not want to sign any new players in January, they could be reluctant to let him leave in January in case of an injury emergency.
However, a summer exit looks certain and a move to Italy with Lazio could be a possibility for Mariano, who has scored 12 goals in 78 matches across his two stints for Real Madrid.
Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as new Real Madrid player before Euro 2024 – report
According to a report from El Chiringuito TV, Paris Saint-Germain superstar Kylian Mbappe wants to be presented as the new Real Madrid player before the beginning of UEFA Euro 2024.
It is to be noted that Euro commences on June 14, a mere 13 days after this season’s UEFA Champions League final.
Now, PSG will have their commitment in Ligue 1 until May 18, and depending on their performance in the Champions League, they will officially end their 2023/24 campaign.
At best, if it ends in May itself, Mbappe can see his dream turning into reality but if the French team somehow reaches the UCL final, the French superstar will have to report for international duty soon after
Mbappe is extremely close to becoming the Real Madrid player after it emerged that the forward and the team are closing in on an agreement over image rights.
As such, there would not be any fee involved in the transfer since Mbappe will move as a free agent, but as reported before, the team from the Spanish capital will pay him an extravagant signing-on bonus expected to be around €120-150 million.
How can Real Madrid pull this off?
As of today, both Real Madrid and Mbappe are working on the final details of the contract. While it is assumed that he would earn a fixed salary of €14 million each season in addition to €30 million in bonuses, there remains a disparity regarding his image rights.
At PSG, Mbappe holds 100% of his image rights but Madrid have a policy that has only been mended once when a certain Cristiano Ronaldo joined from Manchester United in 2009.
Ever since the Galacticos era, Madrid have reserved 50% of the player’s image rights, but in the case of Mbappe, the team from the Spanish capital is okay with having just 20% of it as even that would churn in big money.
Once these details are sorted, Real Madrid can make the official announcement of the deal in collaboration with PSG. Once this is done, everyone will wait for PSG to end their campaign and depending on that, Mbappe will arrange his travel to Madrid.