EXCLUSIVE: Lens defender Facundo Medina set for 2024 move

Jacque Talbot
Jacque Talbot
  • Updated: 3 Nov 2023 10:04 GMT
  • 4 min read
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Lens centre-back Facundo Medina is likely to depart the club next year, FootballTransfers has been told.

The French club are open to selling Argentine amid interest from the Premier League and other nations, sources have informed us, with an asking price of €25million attached to his name.

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Medina has been a key player in Lens' rise in French football since his arrival from Talleres in the summer of 2020. His performances on the pitch, particularly this season, have made him a standout figure in the squad. The 24-year-old has featured in 104 matches for his side across four campaigns so far.

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Football Transfers’ algorithm values the defender at €22.4million, while he is also able to play at left-back. Medina scored his first goal for Lens in their 4-0 win vs. Nantes last week, having been involved in the entire build-up to the goal as Lens ran out 4-0 winners.

Last season it was reported that Brighton had an ambition to bring in the ball-playing centre-back. footballTransfers understands that the player has had several meetings ahead of the upcoming window but there are no proposals on the table for him.

Medina recently signed a contract extension until 2026 but Lens are still ready to listen to others for him. The player helped Franck Haise’s men to a superb season in 2022/23, where they missed out on the title to Paris Saint-Germain by a single point.

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Medina has been linked to a number of sides in the Premier League
© ProShots - Medina has been linked to a number of sides in the Premier League

Medina on his journey to the top

Last season in interview with L’Equipe, he spoke about his football career so far.

He said: “I had a crazy childhood. It was a little difficult but I always tried to bring out the positive things and I always felt the support of my family. I didn’t understand what the world was. And as we grow, we look and we begin to ask ourselves questions. Why do I have to go through this destitution? Why do I have to be hungry?

"Why do I have to go out to work twenty-four hours a day to have food, not even to have things I want? My family was able to protect me, we fought, we fought. And one day, when you finally have a bit more, it allows you to place a lot more value on simple things, like a dish of food.

"If today you offer me an alfajor (round cookie often filled with milk jam), I am the happiest man in the world. Because I measure your effort, your time. People might say, “It’s a simple alfajor,” but that says something about the person you are.”

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