Lyon complete signing of €8m Real Madrid striker Mariano

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The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal with the Ligue 1 outfit, having struggled for first-team opportunities in the Spanish capital

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

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract and becomes the Ligue 1 club's fourth signing ahead of the 2017-18 season after the arrivals of Fernando Marcal, Bertrand Traore and Ferland Mendy.

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Both clubs announced the transfer on Friday and Madrid thanked Mariano in a statement which read: "The club wants to show its gratitude for these years of dedication and professionalism and wishes him good luck in his next chapter."

The centre-forward, who will wear the number 11 shirt at Lyon, was with Madrid since 2011 and rose through the club's youth system to become part of the first-team squad in 2016-17.

He made his senior debut against Celta Vigo last August and made eight LaLiga substitute appearances in the club's title-winning campaign, scoring once against Deportivo La Coruna in December.

Mariano scored a further four goals across two legs of Madrid's Copa del Rey last-32 tie against Cultural Leonesa – his only two starts of the season - and leaves in search of greater first-team opportunities.

He was previously a prolific scorer for the Madrid's B team, netting 27 league goals in 2015-16.

Lyon finished fourth in Ligue 1 last season and star striker Alexandre Lacazette has been strongly linked with an exit.

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