AP , Monday, July 20, 2009 3 PM
Lyon has signed French defender Aly Cissokho
from FC Porto on a five-year contract worth $24.3 million. Earlier this month, Lyon signed striker Lisandro Lopez
Porto for about $39 million, which could rise to $46 million with performance bonuses. The seven-time French champion has also signed winger Michel Bastos
Cissokho will likely be the first choice at left back in Coach Claude Puel
's team, meaning Italy's World Cup-winning defender Fabio Grosso
could leave soon.
Lyon is rebuilding after selling striker Karim Benzema
to Real Madrid for $57.4 million and letting midfielder Juninho
join Qatar's Al Gharafa on a free transfer.
Lyon still hopes to bolster its offense by signing Toulouse striker Andre-Pierre Gignac
, the French league's top scorer last season with 24 goals, or to buy back striker
from Nice - a year after selling him.
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