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Real Madrid have made their first major attacking signing, since the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo, with Mariano Diaz returning to the club from Lyon.

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Mariano left Madrid for Lyon a year ago for €8million, but the Ligue 1 side have agreed a deal worth up to €33m for the striker.

Earlier on Wednesday, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas indicated the 25-year-old’s move to Madrid was imminent.

“Mariano told us that he absolutely wanted to leave, the offer from Sevilla arrived without being solicited,” Aulas told reporters.

“Keeping a player against his will is a bad preparation for a healthy season.

“With Sevilla, we found an agreement but then Real Madrid came and had an option to buy. We did not think they were going to use it, but they did it yesterday morning.”

Mariano scored 18 league goals in 2017/2018 campaign.

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