Arsenal transfer blow as Ligue 1 club confirm signing of Brazil U23 talent
Lyon have confirmed the landing of Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico-PR, ending Arsenal’s hopes of landing the Brazil U23 international midfielder.
The Ligue 1 club have paid €20 million (£17 million) to land the 22-year-old, who has penned a four-and-a-half-year deal through to the summer of 2024.
The deal also includes a clause that will see les Gones pay Athletico Paranaense 20% of the profit on any future transfer.
Bruno is currently with the Brazil U-23 roster for the South American Olympic qualifiers in South America but will link up with his new team-mates after the tournament’s conclusion on February 10 or 11.
That means Bruno could make his Lyon debut in the Ligue 1 match at home to Strasbourg on February 15.
Speaking about the deal, he said: “I’m very happy, I can’t wait to start playing, to meet my teammates and my coach. I am impatient but also very happy to get started in this new stage of my life.
“It is a great career opportunity that has been offered to me. I am very happy that the club trusts me. The whole club and all the staff have shown a lot of interest. Lyon is a great team.
“My goals are to win titles and help the team upon my arrival. I must live up to this responsibility and the investment that has been made in me. So my goal is to win titles and write my name in the history of the club.”
News of the deal is likely to be a blow to the Gunners, who were also heavily linked with a swoop for the young midfielder. Techincal director Edu was desperate to sign the South American prodigy for Arsenal.