It has been widely reported that RB Leipzig have been in the hunt for Lens striker Loïs Openda for a number of weeks now. However, the two clubs are still yet to agree on a fee for the Belgian.
After having two previous offers declined by the French side, the sale of Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool would have opened up a new economic opportunity for Leipzig. The €70m sale of the Hungarian, as well as the potential €100m for defender Joško Gvardiol, will provide the Saxons with a significant payday.
As reported via FT, Die Roten Bullen had made an increased offer of €40m for Openda. However, Lens Managing Director Arnaud Pouille confirmed during a press conference: “We have received a third offer for Loïs Openda. They have their economic point of view, we have ours. We are still very far apart.”
Lens will not sell for less than their valuation of €45m which Leipzig have failed to match thus far. However, with the influx of finances combined with the sale of key players, it would be hard to imagine that Leipzig walk away from Openda who has scored 21 goals in 38 Ligue 1 appearances.
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