Atletico Madrid are eyeing a double move from city rivals Real Madrid, identifying James Rodriguez and Mariano Diaz (pictured) as transfer targets.
That is according to a report in Fichajes.net via La Razon, claiming that Atleti are considering a double swoop from their city rivals with Mariano seen as a potential replacement for Diego Costa.
When their loan players return this summer, Madrid’s bloated squad will have 37 first-team members before any new signings are factored in, and they are keen to offload several players.
Mariano and James are both said to have wage packets that are prohibitive – particularly for players who have played a minimal role this season and appear to play no part in Zinedine Zidane’s plans.
Dominican striker Mariano has not started a game in any competition this season – with just four fleeting substitute appearances, although he did clinch an El Clasico victory over Barcelona with a late second goal, moments after coming on.