Thiago Mendes has joined Lyon after a really strong season with Lille in the Ligue 1 as the Rhone club goes from strength to strength.
Following a great season, a lot is expected from Thiago Mendes. After arriving at Lyon as the club’s new sports director, Juninho has already made quite a few deals. The former midfielder wants to sign players who would quickly adjust to the club.
The likes of Luiz Gustavo, Steven Nzonzi and others have been linked to the club in recent times. Now, the club has made quite a coup by signing Thiago Mendes.
One of the best players for Lille last season, the 27 year old is bound to be a hit. Solid in possession, technically gifted, a great reader of the game, Mendes has showcased his talent in Ligue 1 for quite some time. Courted by Chinese Super League clubs in January, the midfielder decided to stay in the North of France and helped Les Dogues qualify for the Champions League.
And with a sense of accomplishment, Thiago Mendes made a decision on his future. Just like Nicolas Pepe and Adama Soumaoro, the native of Sao Luis has been one of the most talked about players this summer. And Les Gones splashed 24 million Euros for the player who is definitely going to be a huge presence for the club next season.
The player is expected to be presented in a press conference alongside president Jean-Michel Aulas according to the club’s Twitter handle.
Thiago Mendes s'engage avec l'Olympique Lyonnais !
Bem-vindo 🇧🇷 pic.twitter.com/Der5tZBnwU
— Olympique Lyonnais (@OL) July 3, 2019
Following the departure of Tanguy Ndombele to Tottenham, the arrival of Thiago Mendes clearly shows that Lyon have a lot of purchasing power to replace any player who leaves.
The club could also end up selling Nabil Fekir this summer but it is clear that Les Gones do not mind selling key assets as long as they are able to sign suitable replacements.