Lyon make statement on Mariano buy-back clauseOctober 20, 2017
Recent reports claiming Real Madrid have a buy-back clause on striker Mariano Diaz have been rubbished by Lyon.
Olympique Lyon have released an official statement on this issue. In it, they confirm there is no buy-back clause inserted in Mariano’s contract, despite what Real Madrid fans may hope.
Having sold the Dominican Republic striker during the summer for €8 million, it was claimed to be a decent price. Considering Mariano played so little, it really was a great price.
The ex-Real Madrid striker recently made statements about his desire to play for Spain over the Dominican Republic, with whom he played a friendly. Within these statements, Real Madrid supporters read he wanted to return to the Spanish capital. Mariano’s uncertainty of a buy-back clause exiting sparked interest on the matter.
Having struck such a deal with Juventus in selling Alvaro Morata in 2016, it was hoped such a deal existed. This is not even a possibility in France however as repurchase agreements do not exist.
Mariano has been in superb form since moving across the Pyrenees. He has scored seven goals in the opening nine games of the season. Lyon have certainly not felt the departure of Arsenal new striker Alexander Lacazette due to Mariano’s efforts.
Ahead of Lyon’s clash with Everton in the Europa League on Thursday, the French club released the following statement: “Olympique Lyonnais wish to point out that there was no repurchase clause in the transfer of Mariano Diaz, contrary to some assertions made by some in the Spanish media. Olympique Lyonnais explained precisely the terms of the transfer in its press release of 30 June 2017, namely the transfer amount of 8 million euros plus 35% interest on the capital gain of a potential future transfer. Any information other than that given in the Olympique Lyonnais press release is therefore erroneous.”