Transfer News: Michel Bastos joins Schalke from Lyon on initial loan deal
Brazilian international Michel Bastos has completed his move to Schalke from Lyon on an initial 18-month loan deal
By Thomas Zocher
Last Updated: 30/01/13 5:08pm
Bastos will join the German club on an 18-month loan deal, and will retain an option to buy the South American on a permanent deal which can be executed either this summer or July 2014, when the loan deal expires.
The 29-year-old is comfortable on either wing, and was primarily utilised as a winger for Lyon since his move from Lille in 2009, while he is used by Brazil as an attacking left back.
Schalke's general manager Horst Heldt told the club's official website: "We are happy to see Michel Bastos coming over to our club.
"He is an experienced player and has special abilities. He will be an immediate boost.
"He will also be eligible to play in our UEFA Champions League campaign, an additional boost."
Bastos made 107 appearances for Lyon, and has ten caps for his country.