AS: Mariano 'not interested' in Arsenal move
- Los Blancos contemplate selling the striker.
- The 25-year-old was even reportedly offered to Arsenal.
- However, Mariano would rather stay and try to prove himself to Zidane.
- He is also one of the few academy graduates in the squad and Los Blancos might choose to keep him for squad composture reasons.
According to the Mirror, a UK tabloid, Real Madrid have offered Mariano Diaz to Arsenal for just €20 million.
However, there is a serious difficulty: according to Diario AS, the forward is not at all interested in the move to the Emirates. Mariano would reportedly much rather fight for his place at Real Madrid under Zinedine Zidane.
Previously it was reported that the 25-year-old is free to leave in a cut-price deal to help the Blancos balance the books to meet the FFP regulations.
However, they might rethink this decision due to the Champions League squad requirements. UEFA demand at least four players who have come through the academy in any category for three years between the ages of 15-21 to be included in the squad. At the moment Real Madrid have exactly four of such players: Dani Carvajal, Nacho, Lucas Vazquez and our man Mariano. So selling him might create a problem for Los Blancos with Vazquez also heavily linked with Bernabeu exit.
The Real Madrid academy graduate returned to the Bernabeu after a single season at Lyon for a €22 million fee last summer. The Dominican scored 4 goals in 19 appearances in all competitions throughout the 2018/19 campaign.