Ligue 1 side Lyon have moved swiftly to replace Tanguy Ndombele with the acquisition of midfielder Thiago Mendes from league rivals Lille.
Ndombele was confirmed as Tottenham Hotspurs player on Tuesday for record fee by the London side as they came back into the market after finalizing their last deal in January 2018.
Mendes joins fellow Brazilian Jean Lucas at the club through both Lyon and Lille have not revealed the terms of Mendes' transfer, though he is reported to have cost around €25m.
According to Opta Stas, 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.
Apart from Mendes and Lucas, Lyon has signed Romania goalkeeper Ciprian Tatarusanu ahead of the new season.
Lyon is however expected to lose more players going by their UEFA Champions League last season with Real Madrid having already snapped left-back Ferland Mendy while Nabil Fekir continues to be linked with an exit.
Lyon, under new coach Bruno Genesio, opens the new season away to Monaco next month.
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Thiago Mendes s'engage avec l'Olympique Lyonnais !— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 3, 2019
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