Arsenal recently paid a club-record fee of £52m for Alexandre Lacazette to his boyhood club Lyon. We’re looking at other clubs who have paid Lyon big money fees recently.
Lyon have done well squeezing money out of other clubs, especially in England and Spain. Arsenal will hope that they’re money was well spent on the Frenchman who scored on his Arsenal debut.
But nonetheless, it’s £52m to add to the following list, which initially appeared on talkSPORT.
Michael Essien to Chelsea (2005) – £24.4m
Essien was bought by manager Jose Mourinho in a rare case of big spending by the Portuguese man. The move was a big success as he won two league titles, the Champions League, four FA Cups and a League Cup.
Hugo Lloris to Tottenham (2012) – £12m
In contrast to Essien, since Lloris moved to Spurs he has won absolutely nothing, which is no surprise. He’s been one of their stronger performers, however.
Eric Abidal to Barcelona (2007) – £12.75m
Another move which brought a lot of success, Abidal won La Liga four times and the Champions League twice during his spell interrupted by surgery on a tumour.
Karim Benzema to Real Madrid (2009) – £30m
Benzema’s move to Barcelona’s rivals has brought a very similar trophy haul, two La Liga trophies and three Champions Leagues.
Mahamadou Diarra to Real Madrid (2006) – £22m
Another who swapped Lyon for Los Blancos, Diarra won two Spanish titles before leaving for Monaco in 2011.
Florent Malouda to Chelsea (2007) – £13.5m
Malouda joined Essien a couple of years after his move to Stamford Bridge, and now plays in India.
Anthony Martial to Monaco (2013) – £4.4m
Although they would’ve made significantly more if they’d held onto Martial for two years and sold directly to United, Lyon still received some money as part of the Frenchman’s Manchester switch as part of a sell-on fee.
Corentin Tolisso to Bayern (2017) – £35m
The other big money move from Lyon this summer, Tolisso has joined the club that Arsenal will somehow face in the Europa League knockout rounds this year.
Samuel Umtiti to Barcelona (2016) – £21m
The final player on this list is another player who joined one of the Spanish giants. Umtiti is 23 and is already an important member of the Barcelona squad, so it seems like he has a big future ahead of him.