Lazio Tracking Real Madrid Reserve on Short-Term Deal

Lazio could address their need for a backup striker with a Bosman addition, as they have Mariano Diaz on their radar. His contract with Real Madrid expires at the end of the season, and he’s used to a secondary role, Corriere dello Sport informs.

He would become a tangible target if he didn’t transfer in January already. The Biancocelesti might elect against bringing in a new offensive piece in the next window. The 29-year-old has been linked to a move to Serie A in the past.

Mariano Diaz is represented by You First, the same agency as Luis Alberto, which has a tight relationship with Lazio. The center-forward is likely to play out the final year of his contract and pick his next destination on his own.

The Spaniard is a product of Los Merengues’ youth academy. He left the Spanish capital when Olympique Lyonnais signed him for €8M in 2017. He had his most productive season in Ligue 1. La Casa Blanca eventually brought him back for €21.5M, but he hasn’t lived up to expectations. He has logged 12 goals and 3 assists in 72 matches with Real Madrid, rarely starting.

Our Take on Lazio Eyeing Mariano Diaz

The Biancocelesti don’t have a ton of pressure to add a player at the position in January since they bowed out of the Europa League. Signing somebody for free would be a cost-effective decision. On the other hand, he has significant wages, and they will probably have to compete with a few other second-tier sides that could hand him the starting job. They are better off going for a prospect they can groom. Immobile probably has at least a couple more solid seasons in him.

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