Mercato: Lens sets price for Loïs Openda

04/07/23 09:49 by Fabien Borne

RC Lens has received a third offer from Leipzig for Loïs Openda, as revealed on Monday by Lens general manager Arnaud Pouille. However, according to L'Equipe, the offer is far from what the French club would hope for if they were to sell their Belgian striker.

Leipzig is not letting Loïs Openda go. After offering 27 and then 32 million euros to Lens, who turned down both bids, the German club has come up with a third offer of 41 million euros for the Belgian striker, according to L'Equipe.

"We've received a third offer (from Leipzig), which we're currently analyzing. The first two offers weren't even worth analyzing. With Loïs, the plan from the outset was to keep him, and for him to be here next season. After that, Leipzig are all over him. They have their economic view on a potential transfer, we have ours. We're still a long way off," said Lens general manager Arnaud Pouille on Monday.

Lens wants at least 50 million for Openda

As revealed by RMC Sport a few days ago and confirmed this Tuesday by L'Equipe, Lens will not let go of Openda for less than 50 million euros. Leipzig's third bid of €41 million is still a long way off. But the German club has already recouped €130 million by selling Christopher Nkunku to Chelsea and Dominik Szoboszlai to Liverpool, and could also sell Josko Gvardiol for over €100 million to Manchester City.

This should provide the necessary budget to meet RC Lens' financial requirements. The 23-year-old Openda scored 21 Ligue 1 goals in his first season at Lens , and in recent days has made no secret of his interest in RB Leipzig's offer.