Milan have been dealt a huge blow in their search for a striker, as Lens forward Lois Openda is set to move to Germany following an impressive year leading the line at the north French club. The Rossoneri have long eyed the 22-year-old center-forward, but with RB Leipzig making early moves, they are set to miss out on the opportunity to sign him.
As per German outlet BILD, advanced negotiations have taken place between Leipzig and Lens to execute the transfer of Openda, who is said to have agreed personal terms. A five-year contract is in the works to be signed by the Belgian prodigy.
Loïs Openda has agreed personal terms with RB Leipzig, as first revealed by BILD today — confirmed, as contract will be valid until June 2028. ?⚪️? #transfers
Discussions are still ongoing between clubs to get the deal done. Leipzig want to anticipate Italian clubs on Openda. pic.twitter.com/DVucG5PgHO
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 5, 2023
With Champions League football to play next season, Openda has chosen to move to Leipzig, as the east German club seek to replace Chelsea-bound Christopher Nkunku. As reported by Fabrizio Romano, discussions are still ongoing in order to concretely determine the terms of contract.
Milan are still not out of the transfer race yet for the versatile €30M forward, but as it stands, Die Roten Bullen are set to beat the Rossoneri. With Divock Origi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and perhaps even Ante Rebic leaving in the summer, Milan lack options in the pure center-forward role.
Openda has 21 goals and 4 assists in 42 games for Lens in 2022/23.
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