Reports from Spain claim Leeds United have tabled a pre-contract offer to sign Real Madrid attacker Mariano Diaz on a free transfer this summer – a player that Marcelo Bielsa is said to have asked Leeds to sign back in 2021.
Diaz, 29, has spent the entirety of his professional career at Real Madrid apart from one season, when he left the Spanish giants to Lyon in 2017. He had a hand in 27 goals in 48 games for Lyon, and Madrid bought him back.
He has only played 82 times for Madrid, though. Just nine games have come his way under Carlo Ancelotti this season and his contract is due to end in June. He will be looking for a new club and Leeds are interested in him.
Defensa Central say Leeds want to sign him and have made an offer – as have La Liga side Getafe. The report says Leeds are willing to match his £77k-a-week wages at Madrid. Getafe are unwilling to pay even half of his wages.
90Min reported back in November 2021 that Bielsa had told Leeds to sign him, ahead of January 2022 window. A couple of months later, Bielsa was sacked and replaced by Jesse Marsch. Now, Leeds want to bring him in.
Leeds table Diaz offer, Bielsa asked Leeds to sign him in 2021
Diaz would be a excellent addition. Of course, any move for the Madrid striker hinges on remaining in the Premier League but if we do, Diaz is a decent signing. Bielsa will know Diaz well, having managed Lille during his Lyon spell.
Bielsa was suspended by Lille a week before Diaz scored for Lyon against Lille – a couple of weeks before Bielsa was officially sacked. So, he will know all about Diaz and that is likely to be why Bielsa asked Leeds to sign him.