Thursday, 11th August, 2011

Real Madrid are holding out for at least €18M in order to sell Lassana Diarra.

The French midfield enforcer was the subject of a failed bid from Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month, with Los Blancos making clear to the London club that despite dropping their asking price from €20M, they will not go any lower than €18M.

Indeed, Real Madrid are playing the waiting game to see if either Manchester United or Paris Saint-Germain, both known to be monitoring the former Chelsea man’s situation, choose to make a bid.

Diarra was left out of the club’s North American and Asian pre-season tours and is surplus to requirements at the Bernabeu, with Jose Mourinho clear that the 26-year-old will find opportunities few and far between this season.

It remains to be seen whether Spurs will return with an improved bid for Diarra, but as the clock counts down on the summer transfer window, Real Madrid will grow keener to move the Frenchman off their wage bill.

And so the midfielder could yet be available for less than the €18M the Spanish giants have stated is a non-negotiable asking price.

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