According the France Football, Lyon midfielder Michel Bastos looks to be making the move out of Lyon to Italian giants Juventus at the end of the season. According to the site, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas has opened the door for negotiations, which could possibly land the French club 18 million Euros. Liverpool was also rumored to be another club that could have seen the arrival of Bastos, but are reportedly out of the pitcure.
Bastos transferred to Lyon from Lille in 2009 where me made an immediate impact for Claude Puel, who he had played for at Lille as well. The transfer to Lyon cost 18 million Euros as well.
While Bastos had an impressive season last year, this season has been mixed. Playing in different positions than the year before, Bastos hasn’t been the most productive player. Still, the switching of Bastos was mainly done to compensate for holes that were left with the departure of players like Sidney Govou.
In addition, Bastos has been showing some frustration on the pitch as well. In the match against Toulouse two weeks ago, Bastos picked up two yellow cards in a span of one minute. And his absence from the team in their win against Marseille didn’t seem to hurt them any.
These extra funds could be a blessing for Lyon. While Bastos was adequate both sides of the pitch, Lyon (whoever their coach might be next season) might be able to be more specific in their player selection once the summer transfer season starts.
Bastos contract with Lyon expires in the summer of 2013.