Mariano Diaz, Lyon Agree to Contract After Transfer from Real Madrid

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 30, 2017

LA CORUNA, SPAIN - APRIL 26:  Mariano Diaz of Real Madrid reacts during the La Liga match between RC Deportivo La Coruna and Real Madrid at Riazor Stadium on April 26, 2017 in La Coruna, Spain.  (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)
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Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz has joined Ligue 1 side Lyon, becoming their fourth signing of the summer transfer window.

The club announced the news via Twitter.

The 23-year-old Dominican Republic international had been a fringe player for Real for some time, earning most of his minutes with the B team. He flashed his talent in the Copa del Rey win over Cultural y Deportiva Leonesa last season, scoring a hat-trick in the second leg of the tie, but didn't see an increase in playing time afterward.

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While he still profiles as a solid prospect, Diaz didn't have a real future in the Spanish capital, where even Alvaro Morata struggled for playing time behind Karim Benzema.

Mariano becomes the second forward in quick succession to complete a move to Lyon, with Bertrand Traore joining from Chelsea just days ago. As noted by Bleacher Report's James McNicholas, the side could be preparing for Alexandre Lacazette's departure:

Along with Traore and Mariano, Lyon have already completed deals for Fernando Marcal and Ferland Mendy, two full-backs. 

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