Arsenal have reportedly been offered the chance to sign Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz – but do the Gunners need him?
According to the Daily Star, Madrid have offered the forward to Arsenal this summer for just £18 million.
The 25-year-old initially joined the Spanish giants in 2011 and burst onto the first-team scene in 2016, before leaving for Lyon two years ago.
Mariano’s impressive performances in France made Madrid re-sign the player last year, with the forward making 19 appearances for the club last season, scoring four times.
However, it appears as if Zinedine Zidane is willing to let the player leave the Bernabeu for a second time, but would the striker be a good addition at the Emirates?
There’s no doubting that the player has plenty of potential and has proven that during his impressive 12-month stint in Lyon.
However, with Unai Emery having just £45 million available to him this summer, the Spaniard could be willing to pass up on the opportunity to sign the forward.
Emery already has Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, with numerous youngsters acting as back up to the impressive pair.
The Gunners are in desperate need of defensive and midfield reinforcements, so the funds available to Emery could be used to strengthen those areas instead of spending £18 million on the Real Madrid man.