Mariano Diaz is back at the club as Real Madrid activates the Buy-back Clause
The European champions are set to re-sign the striker from Lyon, much to the fury of Sevilla, who had already agreed terms with the 25-year-old.
Having risen through the Blancos youth ranks but failed to secure a starting berth in the senior squad, the forward joined Lyon last July and enjoyed a stellar campaign in Ligue 1, netting 18 times in 34 outings.
Mariano’s fine form is set to earn him a rapid return to La Liga. Below, though, Goal explains why Sevilla is so upset that the 25-year-old is bound for the Santiago Bernabeu rather than the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan…
Mariano is under contract at Lyon until June 2022 but Goal understands that his move back to Madrid should be confirmed on Wednesday, just over a year after moving to France for a measly €8m.
Sevilla had been the frontrunners to sign the Spain-born forward who has been capped by the Dominican Republic, having agreed on a €35million deal with Lyon.
However, as part of the transfer that original transfer, Real Madrid retained not only 35 percent of Mariano’s playing rights, they also included a buy-back option giving them the right to re-sign the player if they matched any future bid for his services.
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As a result, the European champions will only have to pay €23m (£20m/$26m) to bolster a forward line still reeling from the shock loss of all-time record goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus with an attacker who struck 21 times
in all competitions last term.
Unsurprisingly, though, Sevilla are unimpressed, with club president Jose Castro claiming on Monday that Mariano had given him his word that he was going to sign for the Rojiblancos.
“Real Madrid has a buy option they are going to exercise” he lamented. “But we still have no communication from the player, who has told us that he wanted to play with Sevilla again and again. He has the ability to say one thing or
“We negotiated with Lyon and then they have 48 hours to decide. Real Madrid did it. Are we annoyed with Real Madrid? Not at all, this is football. We have to keep working. We have done what we had to do, in good
faith, with an agent and a player who tells us on videos and audios that he only wants to play in Sevilla.”
Much like the transfer of Alvaro Morata to Juventus. He was sold on in 2014 with a buy-back clause in the contract, which was later activated by Madrid for €30m and he was brought back to the club in 2016, only to be sold in permanently again in 2017 to Chelsea for a mammoth €70m.
Quite interestingly, Lyon has confirmed the sale of Mariano Díaz to Real Madrid for €33m + €3m in add-ons.
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