Real ready to sell Diarra

Mourinho looking to move on Malian midfielder

Diarra: Ready to leave

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Real Madrid hope to have negotiated the sale of Mahamadou Diarra by the end of the transfer window.

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The Mali international has been deemed surplus to requirements by new boss Jose Mourinho and has been informed that he is free to move on.

The arrivals of Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira at Santiago Bernabeu have left Real overloaded with midfielders and they accept that departures are now necessary.

The Primera Liga giants are confident they will have no problem finding a buyer for Diarra, who has been with the capital club since 2006.

It is understood that Real have already received interest from England for the African ace, with Blackburn Rovers reported to be among those in the running.

Project

Mourinho is believed to be ready to part with Diarra for a fee of around €8million (£6.5m), as he has just one year left to run on his current contract.

Should the 29-year-old not make his way to the Premier League, Turkish duo Galatasaray and Fenerbahce could pounce.

Diarra insists he has no preference as to where he ends up, saying: "All I ask for is to have a good sporting project."

Real will now step up their efforts to put an agreement in place before the summer window slams shut on 31st August.