NEWS
Tuesday November 12 2019
Real Madrid offer Mariano and Brahim Diaz to Espanyol

Real Madrid have offered out-of-favour duo Mariano Diaz and Brahim Diaz to Espanyol, according to a report in Diario Sport.

It is claimed that the relationship between both clubs is strong with a host of Madrid players joining Espanyol in recent years, including Lucas Vazquez, Marco Asensio and Mario Hermoso.

Multiple reports in Spain had linked Mariano with an exit from Los Blancos this summer with Real Betis and Monaco among the clubs strongly rumoured to be interested, while El Mundo Deportivo also outlined interest from Milan.

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 a peripheral figure again this season - with Karim Benzema, Rodrygo Goes 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 last season - his first back in the Spanish capital - with game-time limited and suffering a series of hamstring injuries.

Malaga native Brahim joined Los Blancos in a €15m deal from Manchester City in January but a report in Marca earlier this month suggested he now may find himself surplus to requirements.

The 20-year-old missed the majority of Madrid’s pre-season with a hamstring injury before suffering a fresh setback in late August with an abdominal injury.

Brahim featured in 11 matches last season after joining in a January deal from Manchester City and appears to have a bright future in the game.

However, the youth international started four of their final five La Liga games last season, quelling reports that he would be allowed to leave on loan this summer.

The player’s father has since become his agent and it had appeared that his long-term future lies in Madrid, although he has yet to be afforded more first-team opportunities this season.

Christian Eriksen and Donny van de Beek have both been strongly linked to Madrid, which would further limit Brahim’s opportunities.

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