As per a report from Sky Sports News, Premier League outfit Bournemouth are on the verge of signing Levante midfielder Jefferson Lerma.
Lerma, a 23-year-old defensive midfielder, has been on the books of Levante since 2016, when he made the move to the Estadi Ciutat de València from his home country of Colombia on a permanent basis, following a successful loan spell in Spain.
And the tenacious midfielder has since gone on to establish himself as an absolutely crucial member of the Granotas’ squad, with his performances in La Liga last season having eventually seen Lerma earn himself a place in Colombia’s World Cup squad.
And it was his showings in Russia which subsequently caught the eye of a number of clubs around Europe, with the Atletico Huila youth product having played an important role in Colombia’s run to the tournament’s Last-16.
One of the clubs to have been most impressed by Lerma’s showings this summer were Premier League outfit Bournemouth, with rumours having long been rife in the English media that the Cherries have been eyeing a big-money move for the South American.
And, as per the aforementioned report from Sky Sports this evening, a deal to send Lerma to the Vitality Stadium has today been reached, with Bournemouth set to splash out a hefty 25 million Euro (plus 5 million in bonuses) on the midfielder’s signature.
The deal works out to just over 22 million pounds for Bournemouth.
As such, Lerma is expected to undergo his Bournemouth medical this evening, ahead of an official announcement either tonight or tomorrow.
Bournemouth spending a combined €40m to sign Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico. They were signed by Levante and Leganes respectively for a combined €1.6m two summers ago. Football business.
— Colin Millar (@Millar_Colin) August 7, 2018