Lyon sign Brazilian Thiago Mendes after sales of young stars


French club Lyon on Wednesday completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Thiago Mendes, reinvesting some of the 70 million euros ($79 million) they received from Tottenham for French international midfielder Tanguy Ndombele.

Mendes, 27, was signed from Lyon's Ligue 1 rivals Lille for a fee reported to be 25 million euros.

He is Lyon's second Brazilian recruit of the summer after Jean Lucas was signed for eight million euros from Flamengo in a deal negotiated by Juninho Pernambucano, the Brazilian former Lyon player who has returned to the club as sporting director, and new coach Sylvinho.

On Tuesday, Ndombele finalised his move to Champions League finalists Tottenham, who smashed their transfer record to sign the highly-coveted 22-year-old.

Lyon have also sold defender Ferland Mendy to Real Madrid in a deal worth up to 53 million euros and in total their transfer receipts this summer amount to 113 million euros.