Barcelona have reportedly made an offer to sign Las Palmas’ young defender Mauricio Lemos.
According to Canarias7, Barca have bid an initial €4m for the 20-year-old, which could increase to €12m through variables, despite him only just making his loan spell from Rubin Kazan permanent.
However, the same outlet adds that the islanders’ President Miguel Angel Ramirez has rejected the offer and is holding out for nearer to €30m, Lemos’ release clause.
Lemos, meanwhile, has learned of Barca’s interest but is understood to respect Las Palmas’ decision, although the Catalans could make a counter-offer.
The ex-Defensor Sporting player starred for Uruguay at both the 2015 Pan-American Games and Under-20 World Cup, with his country winning gold in the former.
He joined Las Palmas on loan from Rubin in January and went on to make nine appearances for the club as they finished 11th in La Liga, comfortably avoiding relegation in the process.