It now looks likely that AFC Bournemouth will have to break their transfer record to land Colombia International midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
The 23-year-old has had interest from other clubs in Spain and from Germany, but since June it has been the Cherries that appear to have led the chase to sign the Levante midfielder.
With the transfer window closing earlier than normal in England (9th August), the transfer rumours now appear to be heating up, the general consensus appears to agree that he has handed in a transfer request.
But there are conflicting reports on whether or not he had gone AWOL with reports in Britain claiming that he had missed two deadlines to return to training, whilst reports in Spain stated that he had been given further time off following his World Cup exploits.
Once again there appears to be a consensus that AFC Bournemouth have made a fresh new and improved offer, but the details are somewhat different whether you read a British or Spanish news article.
For example, the Daily Echo believes that the Cherries have offered Levante a fee of €25million, “which would rise to €30m with add-ons”.
The report adds…
It is believed to have been the fourth offer made by Cherries and, if accepted, would shatter the Dorset club’s record after they paid £20m to Chelsea for Nathan Ake 12 months ago.
However reports in Spain believe that the upfront offer is closer to €30million and a structured deal such as the one the Daily Echo have reported was more akin to a previous offer.
superdeporte.es have reported that (via Google translate)…
After a few days of truce, Bournemouth has presented a new proposal for the signing of Jefferson Lerma. It could be the definitive one, since it reaches the 30 million euros that Levante UD has asked from the start.
It goes on to add…
The Colombian trained on Tuesday under the command of Paco López, while personally transferred his displeasure to those responsible for the club for not having accepted the previous offer: 25 million fixed, plus two variables and 15 percent of a future transfer . Lerma has not hidden his desire to change air, among other things because Bournemouth would almost triple his salary.
With so many reports both in Spain and England, it seems a fair assumption to believe that Jefferson Lerma has been AFC Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe’s main target this summer.
The Colombia International offers a more physical option to the defensive midfield role, often filled by Andrew Surman, Lewis Cook, Dan Gosling or Harry Arter and can also fill in at right back, a position that the Cherries lack numbers in.
Obviously, I hope we get value for money and to be fair I’d be happy with no signings if they committed to a new ground but given that they are prioritising the squad I’d like someone in the positions that this guy can play. They are the two areas that I worry about when looking at our squad.
I think we all probably rationalise the stupid money in our own way. I’ve always just assumed that at some point it’s going to hit the fan financially and find that takes a lot of the worrying about it away. It’s probably burying my head in the sand but what else is there to do?
So, money aside I hope we get our prime targets and am not too fussed what it costs. It will only be relevant to me when Neil uses it as a stick to beat the guy if we draw with Huddersfield at some point – and as we all know there will be a Dawson premium added to the fee when that does happen so it will be an even bigger scandal. – Join the conversation, click here.