OFFICIAL: Olympique Lyonnais Sign Michel Bastos From Lille

OL have completed their second major signing of the season, acquiring the exciting Brazilian Bastos from les Dogues.
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,