Earlier today, we relayed an article from Superdeporte explaining that Jefferson Lerma was back with Levante in Holland, and training by himself as his manager was in ‘no rush’ to use him for friendlies.
This came after repeated pressure from Bournemouth to try and sign the defensive midfielder, yet the La Liga side were standing firm, asking for €30m and not a penny less.
We concluded the ball was entirely in the Cherries’ hands, knowing exactly what they needed to do to get their man.
Well, it appears they’ve either found some extra money down the back of the sofa or finally decided to stop playing games, as Onda Cero in Spain are reporting Eddie Howe’s side have made a new offer for the Colombia international, which has been confirmed by Levante themselves.
This time, they’ve decided to go all out, slapping €30m on the table, with no bonuses, and with no percentage for a future sale.
The previous offer was said to be of €25m + €2m in bonuses and 15% of a future sale.
It seems like Bournemouth are saying “You wanted €30m? Here’s €30m”.
Let’s wait and see what comes of it.