RB Leipzig submit third bid for Lens striker Loïs Openda

RB Leipzig have submitted a third bid for free-scoring RC Lens forward Loïs Openda (23), according to the Ligue 1 club’s CEO Arnaud Pouille. The Belgian international took the French top flight by storm for his debut season with 21 goals and four assists. Openda has caught the eye of several European outfits with Leipzig particularly keen to acquire his services. The 23-year-old is seen by the Bundesliga club as the perfect replacement for Christopher Nkunku, who joined Chelsea this summer. The Belgian is reportedly open to a move to Leipzig.

According to Pouille, Leipzig’s first bids for the striker fell way short of Lens’ valuation for their prized asset. RMC reported last month that the Artois side had set a €50m asking price on the Belgian. “We received a third bid for Openda. The first two were not worth discussing“, said Pouille during a press conference attended by AFP reporter Laurent Mazure. Pouille went on to indicate that Lens have no intention of letting Openda go.

Les Sang et Or will need all their strengths to compete on both the Ligue 1 scene and the Champions League group stage. Nevertheless, Pouille believes that an agreement can still be found between Lens and Leipzig for the transfer of Openda. “Regarding a potential transfer, they have their economic point of view and we have ours as well. As of yet, we’re still far apart.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

More European Football News