On Saturday night, news quickly broke that AFC Bournemouth had agreed on a fee with Spanish La Liga side Levante for Colombia International midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
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.
Due to this Lerma has appeared to be AFC Bournemouth’s number one target this summer.
Sky Sources: AFC Bournemouth agree a club record fee of £25m (€28m) for Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
Player will travel to England for a medical this weekend. Transfer still subject to personal terms being agreed and work permit being granted.
— Mark McAdam (@markmcadamtv) August 4, 2018
Bournemouth have just had a £25M bid for Jefferson Lerma accepted by Levante, subject to work permit and personal terms.
He’ll have a medical this weekend #AFCB
— Adam Blackmore (@AdamBlackmore) August 4, 2018
#afcb's bid for Jefferson Lerma has been accepted.
— Neil Perrett (@nperrettecho) August 4, 2018
The chase for the 23-year-old at times appears to have been rather protracted.
Lerma has been linked with clubs in Spain and Germany, but it was the Cherries interest that garnered the most coverage.
He’s reportedly handed in a transfer request and gone AWOL during the period that AFC Bournemouth have attempted to agree on a fee with the Valencia-based side.
At the end of last week, the general consensus in the media was that AFC Bournemouth had made a fresh new and improved offer, but the details were somewhat different whether you read a British or Spanish news article.
For example, the Daily Echo believed 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 (superdeporte.es) believed 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.
It would now appear that with figures of 25 million pounds sterling quoted as opposed to Euro’s that reports in Spain were closer to the mark on this occasion.
Lerma is now set to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms ahead of the move.
There is also another little hurdle in place in regards to a work permit, however considering he was heavily involved in Colombia’s World Cup side in Russia and the fee involved in the deal, it’s a fair assumption that a work permit is unlikely to be a big issue.
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