Everton Women’s midfielder Damaris Egurrola joins Lyon for a six-figure transfer fee, having only joined the Blues in September.
Everton Women Sporting and Commercial Director, Sarvar Ismailov, told evertonfc.com: “It is important we make it clear that the only reason we are letting Damaris go is because we want her to fulfil her dream.
“We had to look at the situation from a player’s perspective: when Lyon call you, you don’t turn it down.
“Sanctioning the transfer wasn’t financially driven on our part. We turned down three previous offers from Lyon but, ultimately, I couldn’t take that opportunity away from Damaris and her family.
“Lyon must have seen something special in her and I believe we managed to get the right deal to compensate for the loss of an excellent player.”
The Spanish international played in Everton’s FA Cup final defeat by Manchester City in November and helped Wille Kirk’s team to a bright start in the WSL.