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Cherries' Lerma bid is £32m shy of asking price

13th June 2018, 09:14 by Simon Barlow

Levante have a 'secret pact' with Bournemouth target Jefferson Lerma to keep him for another season unless someone bids £50million.

Lerma was linked to the Cherries on Monday, with The Sun reporting that Bournemouth had made an £18million bid for the Colombia midfielder.

However, reports in Spain suggest that will not be enough to tempt the La Liga club into a deal, with Lerma's release clause having been raised to 60m euros only last month when he signed a new contract.

And El Desmarque claim Levante officials have a private agreement with the player that he will not leave this summer and will remain for at least one more season as the club bid to rise up the table.

Levante would only let him go if a bid came in that was close to his release clause fee, with Bournemouth's reported bid some £32million short of that figure.

The Spanish club would be crazy to do a deal for the 23-year-old before the World Cup anyway, with Lerma potentially a star of the Colombia side that could reach the latter stages.

There are clubs elsewhere in La Liga and the German Bundesliga also said to be eyeing a move for the player, who can feature at right-back in addition to central midfield.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Simon Barlow has a wealth of journalism experience and in-depth knowledge in a number of sports. As well as his extensive football knowledge, Simon is also well versed on cricket, tennis, American Football and cycling amongst others.

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