City land Eng­land pair

The Daily Telegraph - Business - - Sport - By Katie Why­att

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.

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