Mercato: Montpellier Forward Elye Wahi One Step Away from Lens

Montpellier’s forward Elye Wahi is very close to completing a transfer to RC Lens. An agreement has been reached between the two clubs for €35 million, including bonuses.

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The saga of the Lens number 9 should finally come to an end, barring yet another twist of fate. As mentioned in various media outlets, the Lens club is now just a step away from signing Montpellier’s forward Elye Wahi.

The final administrative details of this transfer are expected to be settled during the day, and an official announcement is hoped for this Sunday, according to L’Equipe. This is by far the biggest transfer in the club’s history, with €35 million, including bonuses (€30 million excluding bonuses), as well as a 15% share of any potential resale profit. It took all of that to attract a 20-year-old player who scored 19 goals and provided 6 assists in Ligue 1 last season and was sought after by many foreign clubs. In fact, West Ham had recently submitted an offer of €35 million + €5 million in hard-to-achieve bonuses.

A Five-Year Contract However, the player immediately expressed his desire not to join the London club. He preferred the Lens project as he was enticed by the prospect of working with Franck Haise and the opportunity to compete in the Champions League. Eintracht Frankfurt and Chelsea had been the frontrunners for attracting the French youth international at one point, but their offers were insufficient to convince the MHSC management. The player, who is set to commit to the Artois region for a five-year term, did not travel with the Montpellier team that played in Lyon on Saturday. He was allowed by his club to go to Lens on Saturday for his medical examination.

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