Barca tie up Abidal swoop
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Eric Abidal from Lyon on a four-year contract.Barcelona have confirmed the signing of Eric Abidal from Lyon on a four-year contract.
Abidal joins the Spanish outfit for é¼15million (£10million), with Lyon also due a further é¼500,000 (£340,000) dependent upon Barcelona's success.
The France international had been keen to move to Camp Nou, with Barca having several bids rejected by Lyon.
An agreement was finally brokered and Abidal has been presented as a Barca player following the completion of a medical.
He becomes the club's third signing of the week after compatriot Thierry Henry was captured from Arsenal and Yaya Toure joined from Monaco.
Abidal expressed his delight at sealing a move to Frank Rijkaard's side after spending three seasons with the French champions.
"I am very happy," Abidal told the club's official website. "There are many things for me to discover here.
"It is certain that my career objective was to sign for Barca because they are a great club.
"That is the objective of many players - to be able to come and play in this team."