Lemos 'proud' of Barcelona interest after rejected bid

The Uruguayan defender joined Las Palmas on loan from Rubin Kazan in January and will make the move permanent, with Barcelona offering to double their money

Las Palmas defender Mauricio Lemos admits he is “proud” to be linked with Barcelona after a €4 million offer from the Spanish champions was rejected.

Lemos initially joined Las Palmas on loan from Rubin Kazan in January and will now make the move permanent for a fee of around €2m.

The Yellows had the chance to double their money but said no to the bid from Barcelona, who are looking to bolster their defence this summer.


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“Barcelona’s interest makes me proud and happy,” Lemos told Sport890 in Uruguay. “I read the news and I am not worried about that rumour.

“I can play as a midfielder also, indeed I started playing in that role. It would be very nice [to play with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Neymar] but I can’t imagine it right now.”