Real Madrid outcast Mariano Diaz could be Julen Lopetegui’s first signing at Wolverhampton Wanderers in the winter transfer window.

According to Fichajes, Wolverhampton Wanderers will be looking to ramp up their interest in Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz. The 29-year-old could be deemed surplus to requirements at the Santiago Bernabeu, and the Premier League club could snap him up in a cut-price deal in January.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have dealt striker issues this season as scoring goals has been a major problem for the Premier League outfit. They have not got the service from Raul Jimenez and Sasa Kalajdzic due to various injury problems, while Diego Costa has looked like a pale shadow of himself.

Julen Lopetegui is prioritising the signing of a striker at Molineux, and Marino could be one of the options he can consider. The Real Madrid forward is in the last year of his contract, and Los Blancos will be more than happy to receive some cash for the player.

Wolves suffered heartache as a late Pascal Gross winner did not help their effort against Brighton & Hove Albion. And Lopetgui will hope to change their fortunes when he first takes the charge against Leeds United in the EFL Cup.

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Lopetegui’s arrival would line up a clear plan in terms of Wolves’ transfer activity as interim manager Steve Davis would not have the long-term vision. Mariano has rarely played this season as, despite the absence of Karim Benzema, Carlo Ancelotti has mostly preferred Rodrygo in that coveted number nine position, which could be a further hint of his unwillingness to trust Diaz much.

Wolves will be betting big on a player who has not had much game time this season and could find it difficult to get the ball rolling in arguably the most difficult leagues in the world. Mariano also might have to take a substantial pay cut in order to facilitate a move.

The Real Madrid forward is very adamant to prove his worth, and a move to the Premier League would seem perfect for a player of his calibre. With the 2022 FIFA World Cup interrupting the season, Wolves could have a fresh approach in December when the Premier League resumes. And adding Diaz in January could prove to be a shrewd move.

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