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Real Madrid offer a convincing swap deal for Arsenal target

Real Madrid could hijack a transfer for Arsenal’s primary target in the upcoming weeks with a brilliant swap deal.

Real Madrid are inevitably going to sanction two major departures as Gareth Bale and Sergio Reguilon prepare to unite with Jose Mourinho at Tottenham Hotspur. Los Blancos have already gotten rid of Achraf Hakimi and James Rodriguez without making a single signing. Martin Odegaard has returned from his loan and will play a starring role though.

Zinedine Zidane has been told that there will be no major signings this season but the sales seem to be a countermove in light of the financial losses caused by the coronavirus as well as a preplanned agenda to accommodate Eduardo Camavinga and Kylian Mbappe next year. However, Real Madrid could be in for a good signing this summer, as per Diario GOL.

Olympique Lyon midfielder Houssem Aouar is the man on the manager’s radar heading into the final three weeks of an extended summer transfer window. Arsenal are also interested in the player with the club having conceded to the fact that they will need to sell the 22-year-old, but only in case a reasonable bid is placed by those interested in his services.

Aouar’s side has slapped a price tag of 40 million euros onto him and Real Madrid are ready to match the offer with a swap deal that will benefit both parties. In a bid to get at least one of Zidane’s targets at his disposal, the Whites will offer Mariano Diaz plus a fee of 20 million euros in exchange of the French midfielder. However, whether he is needed at Madrid remains to be seen.

With Odegaard returning from Real Sociedad, Zidane’s options in the engine room are already plentiful considering that Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are still very much active, while Casemiro and Federico Valverde continue to show exquisite quality. Isco is also a player that Zidane employs often, signalling the unnecessity of another midfielder.

Mariano on the other hand seems to have no future at the Santiago Bernabeu. His first appearance in La Liga came as a stoppage time substitute in March and even though he did get a goal that night, it is unlikely that he will play this season. Karim Benzema continues to be an indisputable starter in the squad and Luka Jovic is set for a bigger role this season.

During his year with Lyon, Mariano was at the top of his game and proved to be their primary goal-scorer with 21 goals in all competitions. Given that Memphis Depay could leave for Barcelona, the Dominican forward’s signing could be a solid addition to the Ligue 1 side’s roster but bringing in Aouar wouldn’t prove to be of great fruition to Madrid.