BRAZILIAN star Tete has quit Ukraine’s Shakhtar Donetsk to join Lyon until the end of the season amid the war with Russia.

Players based in both nations have been granted special dispensation by Fifa to sign for new clubs, initially only until the summer.

A host of Premier League clubs have been linked with the attacker.

However, English top-flight sides have been blocked from using the approved window to get new talents. 

Now Lyon have confirmed that they have won the race for Tete's signature,

Brighton, Everton, Brentford, Leicester, Southampton and West Ham had all been keen on Tete.

And they may go for him again at the end of the season depending on the situation in Ukraine.


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But they will face competition from AC Milan, Atalanta, Benfica, Ajax, Napoli and Porto.

The U23 international moved to Donetsk as an 18-year-old.

He caught the eye initially back in his homeland with Gremio.

He has continued to shine in Europe and had 10 goals in 22 matches this season before the outbreak of war.

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Tete, who has also scored against Real Madrid in the Champions League, has found the net 31 times in 108 appearances in total.

Now he will be hoping to shine in France’s top-flight and could make his debut when Lyon host Angers on Sunday.

It comes after Sheffield United became the first English side to sign a foreign player from Russia amid the war in Ukraine.

The Championship promotion-chasers have swooped for Croatian international defender Filip Uremovic.

The 25-year-old had played 21 matches this term for Rubin Kazan in Russias’ top-flight before the invasion of Ukraine started last month.

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