Reports: Real Madrid to soon announce transfer of Uruguayan striker Sergio Diaz
Real Madrid are set to announce the capture of 18-year-old striker Sergio Diaz. The Paraguayan under-20 striker is set to cost the club €5 million and snubs the likes of Roma to sign for Zinedine Zidane's men.
Diaz has impressed playing for his club, Cerro Porteño, and the Uruguayan under-20 side scoring two goals in seven appearances. His pace and dribbling inside the box impressed Real Madrid's scouts when he played for his national team in the International Toulan tournament.
He's nicknamed 'Kun' after showing glimpses of what Sergio Aguero does best. His performances in the Toulon tournament won him the award of the 'Revelation of the tournament' and has since been tracked heavily by Real Madrid's and Roma's scouts.
Making his debut at only 16, Diaz was tipped for the top leagues given his advancement in quick-thinking when on the ball and the ability to beat defenders with more than just his pace. At Real Madrid, he's likely to walk into the Real Castilla side but will surely be given ample of opportunities to play and train with the first team.
Real Madrid have been on the lookout for a young striker with the likes of Keita Balde and Gabriel Barbosa linked but while both of them might get drafted into the first team, they remain a 'plan b' for the club at times of urgent need. With Jese and Alvaro Morata already occupying Karim Benzema's understudies at the club, its likely that the club are looking for someone who could grow, go out on loan, and then get into the first team at the Santiago Bernabeu.
Zinedine Zidane is also said to be interested in signing a top quality midfielder and has already reportedly had talks with the representative of Juventus star Paul Pogba – who will cost them roughly around €120 million if they were to buy him in this window.