Real Madrid have activated their buy-back clause for Mariano Diaz, despite the striker agreeing a move to Sevilla.
The 24-year-old left the Bernabeu to join the Ligue 1 side in August in what was a reported deal worth €8million and he has enjoyed a fruitful run of form in France with Lyon, sparking interest from a number of European clubs.
Mariano’s form has led to speculation that Madrid may activate their buy-back clause; a claim that has been made further enhanced after Cristiano Ronaldo left the Santiago Bernabeu for Juventus this summer.
Ronaldo’s absence has not yet been felt at Madrid, who have made a good start to the season, winning their first two games 2-0 over Getafe and 4-1 over Girona.
Gareth Bale has two goals in those games, whilst Karim Benzema netted twice in the win at the weekend over the latter.
And, that now seems to the case after Madrid agreed to activate the clause – leaving Sevilla without Diaz, having agreed a €35m with the French club.
Madrid now have first rights to sign the striker and have 48 hours to do so, or the Andalusian club could be back in the mix.
The 25-year-old netted 21 goals and assisted seven times in 45 games last season for Lyon.