According to Italian Football Reporter Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Sport, Lazio’s deal with Real Madrid regarding the transfer of Borja Mayoral is on stand-by. The Spanish striker has been one of Igli Tare’s primary targets to reinforce the Biancocelesti’s attack for next season. However, at the moment, negotiations have come to a halt; this is due to the fact that Los Blancos have still have not agreed to the transfer fee for the 23-year-old, in addition to requesting that several clauses be inserted in the deal. As a result of this hold-up, fellow Serie A side Fiorentina and La Liga side Valencia have also joined the race to sign the striker.
According to La Lazio Siamo Noi, Lazio President Claudio Lotito and Sporting Director Igli Tare met with the agents of Real Madrid’s Borja Mayoral on Monday, July 27, 2020. The meeting took place inside of the Formello Sports Centre in the afternoon; it continued into the late evening where there was even a call with José Ángel Sánchez, the CEO of Los Blancos. The primary purpose of the meeting (and the call) was to understand where both clubs and the Spanish stood in regards to his possible transfer from Spain to Italy.
As the Italian outlet further reported, while Mayoral is said to have asked for a salary of €2 million per season, Lotito made an initial offer of €1.5 million + bonuses. This offer was accepted, as not only are the bonuses are reachable, it will allow him to make the figure he desires (if not even more).
Furthermore, with regard to the transfer fee, Real Madrid reportedly started with a request of €20 million. However, as Mayoral’s contract expires in 2021, this sum was deemed too high by Lazio. As a result, the Spanish club is now said to be slowly lowering their demands, especially as the striker has requested to leave. Not only does he fancy the Biancocelesti’s current project, but he would also enjoy the opportunity to play in Italy (Serie A) with a club who is also in the UEFA Champions League.
Although there is hope that a figure of around €15 million will do the trick in satisfying both clubs, there is the question of Real Madrid’s desire of including a buy-back option in the deal which could divide the clubs. Said to be the most difficult obstacle to overcome, Lazio have suggested that a gentlemen’s agreement would be the easiest solution, by which, if at any point in the future they wish to sell Mayoral, Los Blancos would have the first choice in purchasing the player.
Therefore, while Mayoral has also been approached by La Liga sides Levante, Valencia, and Villarreal, and fellow Serie A side Fiorentina, it is yet to be known where the player will end up.