As we enter the final week of the summer transfer window, Real Madrid could be ready to goodbye to one of their out-of-favour players in Mariano Diaz.
The 29-year-old striker is no longer a part of the plans at the Santiago Bernabeu and the Merengues have been looking to move him on for a while now with no luck.
It was partly because Mariano himself had no desire of leaving Real Madrid, which had to pessimism within the club about the chances of selling him before the summer window slammed shut.
However, as per the latest reports from Diario AS, Mariano has now had a change of heart and is ready to leave Real Madrid, but only on the condition that he joins another La Liga club and does not move outside of Spain.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a host of La Liga clubs over the summer, with the likes of Sevilla, Celta Vigo, Getafe, Rayo Vallecano and Espanyol all showing some degree of interest in acquiring his services.
However, none of the clubs have come forward with a concrete approach for the Real Madrid forward. But now that he is willing to accept his fate and move on, things could pick up speed in the final week of the window.
Mariano returned to Real Madrid for a second spell in 2018 after enjoying a fine 2017/18 campaign at Olympique Lyon during which he scored 18 goals.
Brought in to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, who had left for Juventus that summer, the striker has never been able to win over any of the managers he has played under. He played just 11 matches in all competitions last term and has been overlooked by Carlo Ancelotti in the new season.
Mariano was reported to be keen on seeing out his contract with Los Blancos, considering it will expire next year. However, as per the report, he is now tired of warming the benches and seeks to move to a club within Spain where he can play regularly.
Only time will tell whether any of the aforementioned clubs who had shown an interest in Mariano come forward to sign him.
Real Madrid were offered Man City loanee in January, club decided against move – Romano
Joao Cancelo’s loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City in the final days of the January transfer window came as a huge shock.
The Portuguese international signed for the Bavarian giants on a loan deal until the end of the season with a non-mandatory purchase option worth €70 million.
But, according to Fabrizio Romano, before his move to Bayern Munich, Cancelo was also offered to Real Madrid, who decided against signing any player in the January transfer window.
The Manchester City loanee has been on Los Blancos’ radars in the past, but the club made it clear that they are uninterested in signing any new players during the winter window.
As things stand, Dani Carvajal and Lucas Vazquez are Carlo Ancelotti’s options at right-back, but there are concerns over their fitness and longevity.
But, as things stand, Real Madrid have no plans to sign a new right-back in the summer as they have full faith in both Carvajal and Vazquez.
Furthermore, Romano adds that the Merengues believe that they have a top right-back for the future in the form of Vinicius Tobias.
The teenage Brazilian joined the club in April last year from Shakhtar Donetsk on loan with a purchase option. He has been earning rave reviews for his performances for Real Madrid’s Castilla outfit under Raul Gonzalez.
So, there is a good chance that the Spanish and European champions will sign Tobias permanently.
All these factors seemingly compelled them against making a move for Cancelo when he was offered to the club last month. The Portuguese international has already made his debut for Bayern Munich and registered an assist on his debut.
Whether they decide to sign him permanently for €70 million in the summer remains to be seen. As for Real Madrid, though, there do not seem to be any imminent plans to reinforce the right-back position.