Throughout the summer window, if there was one player at Real Madrid who was linked with an exit, it was unsurprisingly Mariano Diaz.
While a departure for the Dominican international seemed inevitable to many, a fresh update suggests why a potential deal could not eventually get over the line.
As per the latest information provided by El Chiringuito, there were no offers from any club to sign Mariano Diaz.
It has further been mentioned that no club was interested in signing the out-of-favour striker.
Diaz has been speculated with moves away from the Spanish capital, with Juventus claimed to be interested in his signature as a cut-price option, as well as Fenerbahce eyeing a switch for him.
However, a key factor that is believed to have put teams off from signing the former Lyon frontman are his substantial wage demands.
As a result, clubs such as Getafe, Sevilla and Rayo Vallecano reportedly dropped their interest, as the player’s wage demands were simply unfeasible for the Spanish trio of sides.
While it was also claimed that Fenerbahce were keen on a transfer for Mariano Diaz, it was reported that he was uninterested in a move to Turkey.
Keeping aside several contrasting reports around the 29-year-old’s future at Real Madrid, it is also key to account for the fact that he has played under 1,000 minutes in La Liga over the previous two seasons.
With Diaz showing little to no signs of providing value on the pitch, it would not be surprising to note that no club was willing to give him a second chance.
Arsenal boss requests €25 million-rated Real Madrid attacker
Marco Asensio is among the players who are facing an uncertain future at Real Madrid as we approach the second half of the campaign.
The attacker’s current deal at Santiago Bernabeu expires at the end of the season. And despite showing glimpses of his potential during the course of this campaign, his continuity in the Spanish capital is far from guaranteed.
According to Fichajes, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta has urged the club to push for an operation to sign Asensio at the end of the season.
The Spanish tactician has identified Asensio as an ideal candidate to reinforce his ranks in the attacking unit. The Real Madrid star, after all, brings in a wealth of experience, having featured in over 260 competitive matches for Los Blancos.
The forward’s tally of 53 goals and 29 assists is not bad by any means either. And given his versatility in the final third of the pitch, he could be a useful addition for Arsenal in the coming season.
But the Real Madrid camp will not too keen on offloading their star player. The club have been impressed by the attacker’s performance, which could potentially lead to a renewal offer later this year.
However, it must be noted that Real Madrid are yet to table any official offer for the attacker. In fact, it is Arsenal who have started laying the groundwork and are expected to meet the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, in London to discuss a potential move to Emirates Stadium.
It appears Liverpool are in the mix as well, though Arsenal remain the favourite due to the presence of Mikel Arteta. Barcelona, too, had showcased interest in signing Asensio in the summer, so it will be interesting to see what the future holds for the Spaniard in the coming months.