Real Madrid went through a major squad overhaul this past summer, with the club offloading a slew of unwanted stars including Gareth Bale, Isco, and Marcelo, while the likes of Luka Jovic and Reinier left the club on loan.
However, in their attempts to further trim the squad and further reduce the wage bill, Real Madrid are actively looking to offload other fringe players in the team.
According to Diario AS (h/t Madrid Zone), one of the players in contention to leave the club is Mariano Diaz. The 29-year-old has fallen behind in the pecking order and has no role in Carlo Ancelotti’s game-plan.
Formerly of Olympique Lyon, he is yet to even feature in a single minute of league football so far this season. His appearance of the season saw him participate only five minutes of the Champions League encounter against RB Leipzig.
Diaz has struggled with game-time at Real Madrid historically as well. He is yet to even feature in a combined total of 2000 minutes of league football ever since returning to Santiago Bernabeu.
With the forward struggling with prominence in the Real Madrid team, the club will not hand him any contract extension. His current deal at the club expires at the end of the season.
Los Blancos are likely to release him in 2023, although they would ideally like to sanction his sale in the upcoming January transfer window. It could help them generate some form of revenue, although it will not come as a surprise to see the club hand the attacker a letter of freedom.
Diaz’s exit from Santiago Bernabeu could be a step in the right direction in the club’s bid to further trim the squad. However, with Karim Benzema nearing the final phase of his career, it is essential for the club to bring in reinforcements in the goalscoring department.
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.