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Mariano Diaz on the verge of a return to Madrid
- Updated: August 28, 2018
Julen Lopetegui is set to get one of his transfer packages delivered based on reports as Real Madrid are very close to concluding a deal that will seal Mariano Diaz’ return to the Santiago Bernabeu before the summer transfer window shuts.
This has been given credence by Sevilla president Jose Castro, who revealed that Los Blancos have activated their option to buy back the Olympique Lyonnais striker, although his team is locked in negotiations for the forward.
Real Madrid sold Mariano to Lyon in 2017 and are close to bringing him back to the Bernabeu to help fill the gap that was left by Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure to Juventus.
It had been reported that Sevilla had agreed a deal for Mariano but Real Madrid appear to have edged them by activating their first-option clause which was included in the contract that took the 25-year-old to France.
In a chat with reporters on Tuesday, Castro revealed: “We are an ambitious club and we try to make ambitious signings. Madrid had a first option and they have told us they will execute it”
“But the player has not told us anything and we are waiting for him to respond because he told us a thousand and one times that he wanted to play for Sevilla.”
Mariano moved to Lyon for €8 million and Madrid expect a deal in the region of €25 million to be done. Reports in Spain suggest that Los Blancos still own 35% of the player’s sporting rights.
Mariano had represented the Dominican Republic in a friendly before retiring as he is hopeful of a call-up to represent Spain.
In his previous stint at Madrid, he scored once in eight league appearances but has hit 18 goals in 31 games for Lyon.