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Lyon set to pay €8 million for Mariano

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The striker will have a chance to play relevant minutes next season.

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images

Real Madrid and Olympique Lyon have reached an agreement for the transfer of striker Mariano Diaz, according to reports from Spain. The French club will pay €8 million for Mariano, who barely played last season.

However, the attacked proved to be a useful player when given the chance to play and even scored a crucial goal against Deportivo which allowed Real Madrid to come back and earn the three points at the Bernabeu.

Considering that Alvaro Morata is set to leave Real Madrid as well, Karim Benzema won't have a backup striker behind him on the depth chart unless Madrid decide to sign someone this summer. Reports indicate that Monaco star Kylian Mbappe is on Madrid's radar but he would like to be more than a reserve next season, something that could be problematic if Zidane can't find him those big minutes he wants to keep developing as a player.