Brazilian defender Jean Lucas signs with Lyon

The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) -- Seven-time French champion Lyon has completed its first offseason signing by bringing in midfielder Jean Lucas.

The 21-year-old Brazilian joined from Flamengo. Details of the deal were not revealed but reports in French media said the transfer cost 8 million euros ($9.1 million).

Lucas is the first player to be signed by Lyon since the arrival of Brazilians Juninho and Sylvinho. Juninho, a former Lyon player, has been appointed sporting director while Sylvinho took over as coach as a replacement for Bruno Genesio.

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Lyon finished last season in third place and qualified for the Champions League.

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