2. Mariano Diaz
Mariano Diaz is the player who, in recent years, has most clearly revealed Real Madrid’s flawed transfer strategy. There were severe shortcomings in signing Mariano from Lyon for a large fee, which proved to be a large liability in the future and has left the club with another substandard player.
Mariano was anticipated to progress following a great period at Lyon, but the reality was far from that. The player’s game began to decline, and it wasn’t long before he was pushed down the pecking order and seldom played any games.
The club tried to get rid of him numerous times previously, but Mariano just refused to quit, something he is not to fault for.
Real’s options are now constrained and limited. The first option is to terminate the contract by paying the entire wage obligation in one single payment, while the second option is to find a club for Diaz that is willing to pay at least the same amount, if not more, and have them sign him.
The second alternative, however, appears to be more problematic because nearly no team is prepared to sign him and those who are willing to do so lack the financial resources to pay his ask, even though Getafe are definitely interested in him.
In my opinion, the most probable outcome is going to be Mariano staying till the summer of 2023 when his contract officially expires and he leaves as a free agent.