Monaco interested in signing Mariano
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Real Madrid has an offer on the table for Mariano Díaz from AS Monaco, according to a report from MARCA.

The striker does not seem to be a part of Zinedine Zidane’s plan and is yet to play a single minute this pre-season, making it clear that his future lies away from the club. Despite that, Mariano wants to stay and fight for his place in the squad, but will find it difficult to play ahead of new signing Luka Jović and Karim Benzema.

Mariano is familiar with Ligue 1 after having spent the 2017/18 season at Olympique Lyon, where he was a regular starter, putting in great performances and scoring an impressive amount of 18 goals in 34 league appearances.

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The 25-year-old was brought back for the 2018/19 campaign when Julen Lopetegui was in charge and there were high hopes of him to become a solid back-up for Karim Benzema, something the club was lacking the previous season with the departure of Álvaro Morata.

The expectations and pressure became higher when the striker took on the legendary number 7 vacated by Cristiano Ronaldo. Mariano was unable to stay healthy and suffered multiple injuries, which limited his game time and ruined his chances to make the desired impact, although he couldn’t really make his mark when given the opportunity. He only managed to play a total amount of 19 games in all competitions, netting just 4 goals.

It is reported that Mariano has decided not to listen to offers, in the hope of succeeding at Real Madrid, but given the fact that he’s not going to get regular playing time this season, the move to Leonardo Jardim’s side could serve the striker well to find his form back, since Ligue 1 is the league where he showed his best qualities so far in his career.

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