City land England pair
Manchester City have pulled off a significant transfer coup ahead of of the new Women’s Super League season, with England internationals Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood agreeing to join them from Lyon. They could be joined by Chloe Kelly if City are able to agree a compensation fee with her former club, Everton.
England stars Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood have agreed terms to join Manchester City ahead of the new Women’s Super League season, The Daily Telegraph can reveal.
It is also understood that former Everton forward Chloe Kelly is closing in on a move to the 2016 WSL title winners. City are yet to agree compensation with her former club and are waiting to conduct the 22-year-old’s medical.
The arrival of the trio would mean that City, who finished runners-up to Chelsea in this season’s curtailed campaign, will start the season with 12 regular England internationals, including captain Steph Houghton and the country’s most-capped current player, Jill Scott.
Scott, 33, signed a two-year deal at the club in June that will see her combine playing with a coaching role alongside new head coach Gareth Taylor.
On Monday, Bronze and Greenwood each signed a twomonth contract extension until Aug 31 at Lyon to enable them to compete in the Champions League when it resumes later this summer.
The holders, and sixtime winners, face Bayern Munich in the quarter-final at either the San Mames Stadium in Bilbao or the Anoeta Stadium in San Sebastian on Saturday, Aug 22.
The French football league was curtailed in May, with Bronze and Greenwood winning Lyon’s 14th domestic crown – Bronze’s third league title there and Greenwood’s first.
It is understood that the pair’s return to the WSL will not be announced until they finish their seasons with the French giants and the paperwork is finalised. Right-back Bronze, 28, was at City for three seasons before moving to France in 2017. She won the league, FA Cup and League Cup under Nick Cushing and has won the Champions League twice in the trophy-laden spell at Lyon that also saw her nominated two seasons in succession for the Ballon d’Or. Bronze has long-been linked with a return to England, telling The Telegraph in an exclusive interview last year that she planned to “definitely play in the Women’s Super League again” and wanted to win the Champions League with an English club before she retired. She is widely regarded as the best right-back in the women’s game, with the outgoing England manager, Phil Neville, describing her as “the best player in the world, without a shadow of a doubt” at the World Cup last summer. Former Manchester United captain Greenwood, 26, joined Lyon last August, for a transfer fee of €40,000 (£36,0000) with a potential €20,000 in addons.
Kelly rejected the offer of a new contract at Everton this summer and left as a free agent following a season in which she scored nine times in 11 league games.