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|In this file photo taken on June 2, 2019, Brazil's midfielder Lucas Paqueta talks during a press conference at the Granja Comary sport complex in Teresopolis, Brazil. Brazilian midfielder Lucas Paqueta, 23, arrived in Lyon on September 30, 2020, from AC Milan to undergo his medical visit to join Olympique Lyonnais (OL), the President of Lyon Jean-Michel Aulas said to AFP.(Mauro PIMENTEL / AFP)|
"He is joining us for five seasons. He already knows some of the players in our squad and we are convinced he will quickly settle in," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas before confirming the fee.
Paqueta, 23, had earlier arrived in the city to undergo a medical. Capped 11 times by Brazil, he joined Milan from Flamengo in January last year but failed to properly settle at San Siro.
"Good luck to Lucas. He is still a good player and I told him to have full belief in his own ability," said Milan coach Stefano Pioli, who was speaking ahead of his side's Europa League play-off tie against Rio Ave in Portugal.
The Lyon squad already features several Brazilians, including Paqueta's fellow midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. The club's sporting director Juninho is also from Brazil.
Paqueta's arrival at last season's Champions League semi-finalists could smooth the way for Houssem Aouar to leave the club. The midfielder has been linked with Arsenal and Juventus.
Jeff Reine-Adelaide could also leave Lyon, with Aulas indicating there are two offers on the table for the France Under-21 midfielder. Those are thought to be from Rennes and Hertha Berlin.
Another player set to come in to Lyon is the 18-year-old Uruguayan winger Facundo Pellistri from Penarol.