It is understood that both Bronze and Greenwood’s return to the WSL will not be announced until the pair finish their seasons with the French giants and the paperwork of the moves 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 women’s Ballon D’or. She finished second – between winner Megan Rapinoe and third-placed Alex Morgan, both of the US – in 2019, having taken the Silver Ball for second-best player at the World Cup, behind Rapinoe, earlier that year.
Bronze has long been linked with an eventual return to England, telling Telegraph Sport 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 retires. 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, with the French club revealing that they had paid a transfer fee of €40,000 with the potential for €20,000 in add-ons.
Kelly, 22, rejected the offer of a new contract at Everton this summer and left the club as a free agent following a season in which she scored nine times in 11 league appearances. She was part of the England squad at the SheBelieves Cup in America in February.