Return Sinks Sevilla Hopes
Real Madrid will re-sign Dominican Republic international striker Mariano Diaz from French side Lyon.
The La Liga giants sold Mariano to Lyon last summer for a fee of €8million. However, they retained 35 percent of his rights and included a buy-back option of €22million for the 25-year-old.
The news will come as a disappointment to Sevilla who were set to complete the signing of the Barcelona-born striker. Sevilla had agreed a €35million transfer fee with Lyon.
However, the presence of the buy-back clause within the 2017 agreement with Real meant Madrid were given the opportunity to exercise their option. Mariano spoke with coach Julen Lopetegui and was told he would be part of his plans for this season. He immediately agreed to a return.
Mariano came up through the youth ranks at the Bernabeu. He played a total of 14 first-team games in the 2016-17 season scoring five goals for the side. Eight of those games came as substitute appearances in La Liga totalling 115 minutes of football. He scored one league goal for the club.
Following his transfer to Lyon he scored 21 goals in 45 games last season although he has so far failed to get off the mark in this campaign.