Real Madrid are reportedly prepared to offload Mariano Diaz and are willing to negotiate a deal with fellow La Liga club Valencia.
According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Real Madrid are ready to sit on the negotiating table with Valencia to discuss a deal for Mariano Diaz. However, the Spanish giants will demand a fee worth around €10 million to part ways with the 28-year-old forward.
Mariano Diaz is currently in his second coming at Real Madrid, having rejoined the club from Lyon in the summer of 2018. However, his second stint with Los Blancos has gone pretty much how his maiden spell had panned out, with the player being merely a backup option and rarely getting a start.
At the onset of the 2021/22 season, things seem to have gone from bad to worse for Mariano, who is yet to make a single appearance for Real Madrid this term. With his career headed nowhere and with the 28-year-old still theoretically at the peak of his powers, he will be well served with a move away from Real Madrid. This is where Valencia come into the picture.
Los Che are looking to embark on a resurgent run following a difficult couple of years. Valencia have started off decently under the tutelage of Jose Bordalas as well, although they have recently dropped down to 10th in the La Liga standings after going down 3-1 at the hands of Barcelona.
Valencia are, therefore, eager to make a few decisive reinforcements in the January transfer window, which is why they have set their sights on Mariano. Maxi Gomez continues to face an uncertain future at the Mestalla, making the 28-year-old Real Madrid forward an option worth considering.
Mariano could, thus, be a long-term solution for Valencia, who will need to shell out €10 million to secure his services. That is an amount that Newcastle United, another one of Mariano’s suitors, are ready to meet Real Madrid’s valuation, thereby setting up an intriguing transfer battle for him.
What now remains to be seen is if Valencia are prepared to fork out €10 million to land Mariano. If so, then it will not be too surprising to see the 28-year-old make a cross La Liga switch in the January transfer window, thereby bringing an end to a frustrating stint with Real Madrid.