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Leipzig finally see offer for Openda accepted

By Peter Weis   @PeterVicey

The local Leipziger Volkszeitung now reports that RC Lens have finally accepted an oversized offer from Leipzig for striker Loïs Openda. 
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The mad scramble to complete incoming transfer at RB Leipzig has apparently finally forced the hand of club sporting CEO Max Eberl. Leipzig's chief personnel executive's initial pursuit of Belgian striker Loïs Openda reportedly began with a €30 million offer. Several German footballing media sources suggest that Eberl subsequently upped this to €36 million.

A reported third (or potentially fourth bid) has now, according to the Leipziger Volkszeitung, been accepted by the Ligue 1 side. The German paper suggests that Eberl eventually migrated towards the club's original asking price of around €45 million, but does not cite a specific amount. The Fußballtransfers website speaks of a €43 million base transfer fee with added bonuses, but this cannot be Independently corroborated.

The LVZ does note that Eberl's latest offer is "well over" the original €30 million lowball tender. The new outlay will likely push Leipzig over the €100 million mark in transfer payments this summer. Newcomers Christoph Baumgartner and Benjamin Sesko have already cost the Saxons €24 million a piece while Nicolas Seiwald commanded a reported €20 million.

Naturally, this is nothing compared to the inlays Leipzig have received. Christopher Nkunku and Dominik Szoboszlai have already netted the German Red Bulls €130 million. A potential sale of Josko Gvardiol could add another €100 million to the coffers. Potential sales of Marcel Halstenberg, Benjamin Henrichs, Tom Krauß, and Alexander Sørloth could bring in even more.

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