Mariano Diaz is a Real Madrid player

Mariano Diaz returns to Real Madrid from Lyon in five-year deal

Mariano Diaz returns to Real Madrid from Lyon in five-year deal

"Real Madrid CF and Olympique Lyonnais have agreed to the transfer of player Mariano, who remains linked to the club for the next five seasons", read the statement.

Mariano scored five goals in 14 first team appearances during his first spell at the club. The deal, worth approximately €23 million, was announced on Real Madrid's official website and Twitter account in the early hours of the morning.

The Spanish giants have activated a buy-back option and will reportedly shell out just €22m for the 25-year-old as they still owned 35% of the player's rights.

Mariano, a player of Dominican-Spanish decent who chose to represent the Dominican Republic at worldwide level spent part of his development at Real Madrid. "And then the offer came in".

Tornado warnings in effect for parts of the province
Tornado warnings began ending in the Barrie area around 8:30, while those for Orillia and through Washago ended shortly after 9pm. However, there are still heat and severe thunderstorm warnings, as well as severe thunderstorm watches, as of 12:45 a.m.

Real Madrid have been in the market for a new attacking addition all summer, following the shock departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

While Karim Benzema has started off the new season on a strong note, new manager Julen Lopetegui was understood to be intent on bringing in another forward, given that the young Borja Mayoral was the only other out-and-out striker at his disposal.

The former Dominican Republic worldwide, who was born in Spain, joined Lyon in June 2017 for eight million euros and scored 20 goals in 43 appearances.

The player will be presented at the Santiago Bernabeu on Friday at 13:30 (CET) and will later hold a press conference.

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