Wednesday, 3 July 2019

Lyon sign €25m Mendes as Ndombele replacement

Lyon have announced the signing of Lille midfielder Thiago Mendes, who will help fill the void left by the departure of Tanguy Ndombele.

Mendes joins fellow Brazilian Jean Lucas at the club after Ndombele became Tottenham's record signing on Tuesday, joining the Premier League team for a fee that could rise to €70 million (£63m/$79m).

Lyon and Lille have not revealed the terms of Mendes' transfer, though he is reported to have cost around €25m (£22m/$28m).

Mendes made 35 Ligue 1 appearances in the 2018-19 season as Lille finished second behind Paris Saint-Germain in the table, a place ahead of Lyon.

He becomes Lyon's third signing ahead of the 2019-20 campaign, following on from the arrivals of Jean Lucas and Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu.

However, the Ligue 1 side have lost Ndombele to Spurs and also left-back Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid, while Nabil Fekir continues to be linked with an exit.

Indeed, L'Equipe reported this week that Arsenal had emerged as a potential suitor for Fekir, with Liverpool have previously been linked with the playmaker.

The Gunners have apparently made initial contact over signing the 25-year-old as Unai Emery looks to improve his squad after failing to secure Champions League qualification last season.

Lyon, under Bruno Genesio's successor as head coach Sylvinho, open the new season away to Monaco next month before hosting Angers in their first home game.

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