Arsenal miss out on Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes as Athletico Paranaense midfielder joins Lyon for £17million

Lyon have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense on a four-and-a-half year contract for a transfer fee of £17million.

Guimaraes, targeted by several European clubs including Arsenal and Atletico Madrid, will arrive in Lyon on either February 10 or 11 after he fulfils commitments with the Brazil Under-23 team in a qualifying event for the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Lyon said in a statement that they would receive 20 per cent from any future sale of the Brazilian Olympic team captain.

Arsenal miss out on Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes as he joins Lyon

Lyon have signed Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes from Athletico Paranaense for £17m

The versatile 22-year-old scored 10 goals in 105 matches for Athletico Paranaense and helped them win the Copa Sudamericana in 2018 and Copa do Brasil in 2019.

He will become the 20th Brazilian player to represent Lyon, following in the footsteps of Giovane Elber, Juninho and Fred among others.

Rudi Garcia’s Lyon are fifth in Ligue 1 with 32 points from 21 games. They will take on Nice in the last 16 of the French Cup later on Thursday before visiting the same team in the league three days later. 

Arsenal miss out on Brazilian Bruno Guimaraes as he joins Lyon

Guimaraes was targeted by several European clubs including Arsenal and Atletico Madrid

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