With less than a week to go until the summer transfer window closes, Real Madrid continue to focus on their outgoings. The final stretch of the transfer window could see more players leave Real Madrid. Casemiro will not be the last player to leave the club.
Los Blancos are struggling to find a suitor for out-of-favor defender Alvaro Odriozola, while they also still aim to get rid of attacking outcast Mariano Diaz.
The 29-year-old striker was told he was not part of manager Ancelotti‘s plans and has been put up for sale. But for the longest part of the summer, he was reluctant to leave, looking to see a contract that expires next year.
Recently, however, Mariano’s stance has changed, with the center-forward now willing to consider leaving Real Madrid. But the former Olympic Lyon striker has added another condition to his exit this summer. According to reports, Mariano is now keen to leave Real Madrid if they terminate his contract and let him go for free.
However, Merengues are reluctant to accept the idea as they do not wish to hand the striker a letter of freedom, even though they will get rid of his total salary of €9.5 million a year.
Instead, the European top-flight are intent on using some cash in exchange for the player’s departure, having invested over €30 million to sign him in 2018.
Celta, Getafe, Sevilla, Rayo, and Espanyol are some of the teams that were said to be interested in him, but none of them made a strong offer.
However, Real Madrid believes the club could come forward in the last week of the transfer window as some key forwards could leave – Real Sociedad’s Alexander Isak to Newcastle, Almeria’s Umar Sadiq may leave, as Espanyol’s Raul De Tomas is also a target for many teams.
The Merengues are in no rush to make a decision on Mariano’s future and will not give him a free letter until it’s clear they can’t make any money from his departure.
It is possible that Real Madrid could consider a deal similar to Luka Jovic’s move to Fiorentina, where he could leave for free while Real retain a percentage of future sales.