On Thursday, we carried two reports from Mundo Deportivo talking about Fulham’s interest in Espanyol’s David Lopez.

The first report mentioned the Spanish club had rejected the Cottagers’ first bid for Lopez. The second report claimed the Cottagers had raised their offer to €20m after seeing their initial bid of €15m turned down.

Lopez has a release clause of €40m in his contract at Espanyol, and the La Liga outfit’s CEO, Roger Guasch has expressed his unhappiness towards lower bids made by Fulham for the 28-year-old.

Guasch also informed the Premier League side and other potential suitors that they will have to pay €40m or a fee closer to Lopez’s release clause to allow the player leave the RCDE Stadium this summer.

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“If someone is interested, they should come with the clause or around it. But, if the offer is €8 million, they do not take us seriously. It’s a lack of respect to the club,” Gausch told Catalunya Ràdio, as quoted by Mundo Deportivo.

Thursday’s report from the Catalan newspaper mentioned Fulham will not pay Lopez’s release clause. It should be seen if the Cottagers would be willing to increase their bid to something that can satisfy both clubs.