In a Friday afternoon article, Super Deporte ponder what’s going to happen with Jefferson Lerma now.
Bournemouth’s latest offer for the Colombian midfielder has been rejected by Levante.
That was said to stand at €25m plus a further €2m in bonuses. On top of that was 15% of a future sale, and Super Deporte believe that could have made the deal worth over €30m.
Lerma is due back at the club on Saturday after his holidays, and it’s stated the ball is in the player’s court.
There’s a suggestion Lerma may rebel and try to force a move away from Levante, with Bournemouth offering to double his current salary.
The Premier League club are said to have ‘formally threatened’ to pull out of talks and walk away from a potential deal. That could be a negotiating tactics, report Super Deporte, and it’s thought things will become clearer in the coming days.
The transfer fee would be a huge deal for Levante and they’re gambling on being able to get more, either from Bournemouth or someone else in the future. There’s a danger the Spanish club could overplay their hand.