Real Madrid reported on Wednesday that they reinstated striker Mariano Diaz, who is coming back from the French Olympique Lyonnais with a five-year contract.
The Dominican Republic international, born in Spain, arrived at Madrid’s youth academy and climbed to the first team, where he played eight games and scored a goal before leaving for Lyon in 2017.
“The 25-year-old striker returns to our club after an excellent season with Olympique Lyon, where he played 45 games and scored 21 goals,” said the Spanish club.
The Spanish press had reported the possibility of Mariano arriving in Seville before the end of the month transfer period, but Madrid exercised its right to activate the buyback option.
Mariano is the only attacker to have arrived in Madrid since Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure last month.
The Spanish club has not commented on the figures involved, but a statement from the Lyon club said the agreement was for about 33 million euros (38.6 million dollars).