Sevilla are hopeful of concluding a deal to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz before the transfer window, report Marca.
Multiple reports in Spain have linked Mariano with an exit from Los Blancos this summer with Real Betis and Monaco among the clubs strongly rumoured to be interested, but El Mundo Deportivo outline Milan’s interest last week.
Marseille are also said to hold an interest in the player while Espanyol – who have lost Borja Iglesias – and Valencia, whose Rodrigo Moreno may yet depart, are also said to be keen.
Mariano, 25, netted twice in Madrid’s 3-2 win over Villarreal in May in what was only his third league start of that campaign – whilst he is thought to be a peripheral figure again this season – with Karim Benzema and Luka Jovic as the established first choice strikers.
It is said that the biggest stumbling block with regards to any move would be the striker’s €5m annual wage.
The Dominican forward had previously netted just two goals across all competitions with game-time limited and suffering a series of hamstring injuries.
Manus Dabbur looks set to depart Sevilla before playing a game for the club, thus paving the way for Mariano.