Real Madrid forward Mariano signs four-year deal with Lyon

01 July, 2017, 00:45 | Author: Warren Cooper
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This isn't exactly groundbreaking news, as we all know Atlético made an offer, and most clubs would prefer to keep their best players, but, nearly as if hinting that a departure was likely this summer, the Lyon boss also explained that if his star striker were to leave, they would bring someone else in.

Such a signing could signal the end of Alexandre Lacazette's time with the club amid constant speculation that Arsenal are interested in the French striker.

Lacazette was expected to move to Atletico Madrid this summer, but Diego Simeone's side have been punished by a six-month ban on transfers for breaching Federation Internationale de Football Association rules over the signing of young players.

The 23-year-old joins the French side from Real Madrid having made 14 senior appearances for the La Liga club this season, netting five goals.

"Alexandre should have left for Atletico, but that could not be done", Aulas told AFP.

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Lyon have completed the signing of Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz in a move reportedly worth €8million.

"I think that right now Olivier wants to stay at Arsenal", Aulas said at the Professional Football Convention in Cannes.

Aulas confirmed Lyon's interest in Giroud on Wednesday, describing him as "one of the players who might interest us", but doubted whether the player himself would be willing to leave Arsenal.

Olivier Giroud, who struggled to break into Arsenal's first team last term, is thought to be high on Aulas' wish list, but he was tight-lipped on a potential swap deal.

Lacazette scored 37 goals for Lyon last season.

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