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Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz Mejia joins Lyon

01 July 2017

The French striker has confirmed previously that he wants to leave the club - a reality Aulas admitted to in an interview with AFP - and Arsenal are among the leading suitors for his signature.

Lyon have made their fourth signing of the summer after landing Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz for 8m euros on a three-year deal.

The Lyon star, who scored 37 goals in 45 matches at club level last term, had been expected to join Atletico Madrid, but the move fell foul of the Spanish club's transfer ban.

However it appears that Aulas, whilst still hoping to keep Lacazette at Lyon, has begun to consider who could replace his club's top scorer.

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There have been rumours of a swap deal involving Olivier Giroud but Aulas suggested it had not been discussed. "We're interested. Things haven't advanced".

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a long-time admirer of the French global, who scored 37 goals in all competitions during the last campaign.

Aulas told Canal Plus: "I do not think that Alexandre Lacazette will leave this summer".

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Real Madrid forward Mariano Diaz Mejia joins Lyon