Levante reject €25million offer from Bournemouth for Jefferson Lerma.
The Spanish club have rejected a bid believed to be around the €25million mark for Colombian midfielder Jefferson Lerma, according to Football Espana. Reports in Spain suggest Los Granotas consider the offer to be insufficient for a player who impressed at the just concluded FIFA World Cup in Russia.
Lerma was part of the 23 man squad taking to the World Cup by Colombia head coach Jose Pekerman. The midfielder featured in his country’s four games at the tournament before they crashed out on penalties to England in the second round of the tournament.
The former Atletico Huila midfielder joined Levante in 2015 and signed new a deal which includes a buyout clause of €60million last summer.
The 23-year- old Lerma, can play as a holding midfielder and as a right back, and Bournemouth are keen on bringing him to the Vitality Stadium.
The Cherries have already had an offer in the region of €20million rejected by Levante as the Spanish club are not interested in letting him leave the club this summer transfer window.
Bournemouth are willing to increase their offer for the versatile midfielder but Levante are willing to reject the chance to sell him at a club record price so as to keep him in the city of Valencia for at least one more season.
Reports in Spain, suggests the Colombia international is willing to submit a transfer request to force a move through to Bournemouth as they would offer him the chance of fulfilling a dream of playing in the English Premier League.