RB Leipzig have reached a verbal agreement over personal terms with Lens forward Loïs Openda, according to Bild.
Negotiations between RB Leipzig and Lens are currently ongoing with the French club reportedly holding out for a fee of around €30m for the Belgian – it’s a significant return on the €10m they paid Club Brugge last summer.
RB Leipzig appear to be moving quick to sign Openda, who helped Lens qualify for the Champions League, finishing just one point behind PSG. Should the Belgium international join Leipzig, he will still be playing CL football after they finished third behind Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
Openda is seen as a replacement for Christopher Nkunku, who will leave RB Leipzig for Chelsea in the summer after four years in Germany. The Frenchman finished joint top-scorer in the Bundesliga and despite missing several games through injury, still managed 32 goal contributions (23 goals, 9 assists) in 36 games across all competitions this season.
Openda scored 21 and created four in 38 games in his first season at Lens, which also attracted the attention of Borussia Dortmund.
GGFN | Daniel Pinder