OFFICIAL: Bastos set for Al Ain as Lyon agree to sale
Al Ain have confirmed they have agreed a deal with Lyon for Brazilian winger Michel Bastos.
While no fee has been disclosed, it is believed the UAE champions will pay in excess of €4million for the 30-year-old, who will arrive in the UAE on Saturday morning to complete the formalities of his move.
It's a case of second time lucky for Al Ain in their pursuit of Bastos after they failed to reach an agreement with Lyon 12 months ago despite prolonged negotiations.
Bastos had spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke - scoring four goals in 14 games - and while the German side had the option of making the move permanent, the player had his heart set on a move to Al Ain.
The versatile left-sided Brazilian is expected to sign a three-year deal at the Tahnoun bin Mohammed Stadium and will become new boss Jorge Fossati's first signing since he took charge last week.
A statement on Al Ain's website read: "The club have finally reached an agreement with Lyon about the transfer of the Brazilian Michel Bastos.
"He is scheduled to arrive at Abu Dhabi International Airport at 6am on Saturday so as to complete the procedures to officially join Al Ain.
"The club will hold a press conference in the coming days to reveal all the details of his transfer."
Bastos, 30 today, spent three-and-a-half seasons with Lyon having initially moved to France with Lille in 2006. He has won 10 caps for Brazil, scoring once.
The imminent arrival of Bastos will mean that one of Al Ain's trio of foreign stars - Mirel Radoi, Asamoah Gyan and Jires Kembo Ekoko - will need to depart to accomodate the club's new signing.
While Radoi has been linked with a move to Al Ahli and a reunion with former boss and compatriot Cosmin Olaroiu, Ekoko is seen as the most likely to leave given that he has never totally won over the club's fans.
A return to France could be in the offing for the 25-year-old, while the addition of Bastos is a huge statement of intent from Al Ain who now boast an attacking quartet of UAE's golden boy Omar Abdulrahman, prolific Ghanaian Gyan and Australia international Alex Brosque.