FOOTBALL - OL Mercato: Memphis Depay's replacement found everything

FOOTBALL - OL Mercato: Memphis Depay's replacement found everything

OL are seriously considering replacing Memphis Depay (26) who will be leaving for FC Barcelona this winter. The managers of the Rhone club are thinking of Mariano Diaz, a former player of the club, in lack of playing time at Real Madrid.

OL probe Real Madrid for Mariano Diaz

While Memphis Depay, captain of OL, is announced close to joining Barça, the Lyon management is studying the possibility of bringing back Mariano Diaz in January 2021. In their efforts, the recruiters of the club from the capital of Gaul would have come to the news from Real Madrid for the struggling center-forward. But Olympique Lyonnais will face stiff competition from Premier League clubs. The Spanish media are also reporting interest from Crystal Palace, Everton and West Ham. In Ligue 1, the name of the former Lyon striker is also associated with OM and Stade Rennais, a few weeks before the opening of the winter transfer window.

Mariano Diaz left a good impression in Lyon

Mariano Diaz played for OL during the 2017-2018 season. He had been decisive with the team coached in his time by Bruno Genesio. In 48 games played, he had scored 21 goals and delivered 6 assists in all competitions. Suddenly, the 27-year-old player was repatriated by the Merengues at the end of August 2018. However, the return of Zinedine Zidane (March 2019) at the head of the technical staff of Real Madrid, replacing Santiago Solari, was detrimental to the 'attacker. Since 2019, he has been relegated to the sidelines. Last season (2019-2020), Mariano Diaz made 5 brief appearances in La Liga, or 40 cumulative minutes of play. This year, he only played 14 minutes in the heavily lost game against Valencia (4-1), in 9 already contested matches.

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