SC Bastia midfield player Mickaël Essien has joined French champions Olympique Lyonnais on a five-year contract.
No to Paris
Essien, a 20-year-old Ghanaian international, had looked set to move to Paris Saint-Germain FC last month but opted instead for Lyon. "I wanted to play in the [UEFA] Champions League," said Essien after completing the transfer on Sunday.
Lyon have paid €7.9m to Bastia in the deal, which also sees Frederic Née and Kévin Jacmot join the Corsican club, the latter on a year's loan. Despite operating in a withdrawn role, Essien scored six goals in 29 matches for Bastia last season.
Besides the acquisitions of Née and Jacmot, Bastia have confirmed the signing of Youssouf Hadji from Ligue 2 club AS Nancy-Lorraine. The Moroccan forward has agreed a three-year contract.