Lyon boss Jean-Michel Aulas has pronounced a bar are “getting closer” to signing Real Madrid centre-forward Mariano Diaz.
Diaz, fourth choice during a Bernabeu final season, is approaching to pierce on and has been related with clubs including Tottenham, Liverpool, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid.
Asked either a pierce would be on loan or permanent, Aulas told L’Equipe: “It’s a transfer. We’re study both solutions, though we’re looking some-more during a transfer.
“We have been following him for some time. We have listened good things from Karim [Benzema]. We also have good allies with a boss Florentino Perez, who we know well, and a almighty manager [Zinedine Zidane], who has also told us good things.
“If we have a means to do it, it’s a priority for OL.”
Asked about Diaz’s miss of personification time, Aulas said: “He has some really high peculiarity rivals in front of him that we can’t move to Lyon for mercantile reasons.
“According to Zinedine and Karim, he’s a really good player. He’s young, absolute and really ambitious. It would be a good coup.”
Diaz, a Barcelona-born Dominican Republic international, scored 5 times in 302 mins for Madrid final season, with 4 of those goals entrance opposite third tier side La Cultural Leonesa in a Copa del Rey.
He had warranted his possibility in a comparison patrol after scoring 27 goals in 32 games for Madrid’s Castilla girl side in Segunda B.
Aulas has pronounced he will let Arsenal aim Alexandre Lacazette leave if Lyon can find a suitable replacement, while a €10 million understanding for Chelsea striker Bertrand Traore has been completed.
ESPN FC’s France match Ian Holyman contributed to this report.
Dermot Corrigan is a Madrid-based football author who covers La Liga and a Spain inhabitant group for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @dermotmcorrigan