Seko Fofana may well have said that he has ‘chosen Lens’ as his next club, but Udinese won’t let him go for under €20m.
The 25-year-old Ivorian midfielder announced in L’Equipe newspaper this week that he had already picked the next step in his career.
“I received many offers, but my choice was immediate. I asked myself what I really wanted and that was a return to France.
“I watched a few Lens games and want to bring my experience to this club. I can only thank Udinese, as I had four great years there and we were able to secure Serie A safety.
“I hope the two clubs can reach an agreement soon. My choice has been made and I choose Lens.”
However, that is by no means to be taken for granted, because Lens have just been promoted to Ligue 1 and don’t have the biggest transfer budget.
Udinese are holding out for €20m and the Corriere dello Sport insist there will be no discounts.
Fofana is under contract until June 2022, so they are not forced to make a sale, while there is plenty of interest from bigger clubs too.
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