Olympique Lyonnais have succeeded in their pursuit of Lille ace Michel Bastos, who will make the switch to the Stade Gerland for a fee of €18 million.
The quickly-improving Brazilian has signed a four-year deal with OL and is eager to set about the challenge of establishing himself at a bigger club.
“At Lille I did not have as much pressure, but today, a player who wants to reach the high level needs that,” he explained to Lyon’s official website, hinting perhaps at his desire to break into his country’s national side – something he admitted was a virtual impossibility at Lille.
He has also outline his personal targets for next season, indicating he wants to improve on the impressive Ligue 1 campaign that he just enjoyed in the Nord region of France.
“I'd like to finish once again as the leading passer in Le Championnat – it’s the one thing I want at start of the season,” he said. “Today, everyone knows me for the number of goals I score. It would be great if I could do better than last year. I hope to have a good season and help my team to be champions.”
Bastos will likely be deployed down the left-hand side of Lyon’s midfield, an area of the park that has been something of a problem position for them of late. Indeed, he could even be supported by Aly Cissokho from left-back, as the young defender will join from Porto if Lyon can thrash out personal terms with the 21-year-old.
Lisandro Lopez is Lyon’s only other signing, but the two acquisitions they have made are of such a magnitude that they have now spent an estimated €42m this summer, a figure that will rise to €57m if Cissokho is captured.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com