Newly promoted Ligue 1 side RC Lens have made an offer for TP Mazembe and DR Congo striker Jackson Muleka, according to France Football.
Lens had made an offer to Mazembe weeks ago but it was rejected by the Congolese outfit. France Football’s report states that Lens made an improved offer paid loan of €100,000 with an option to buy for €300,000 with a resale percentage.
Muleka was targeted by Egyptian giants Al Ahly as well as Turkish powerhouse Galatasaray.
Muleka became an undisputed starter in the 2018/2019 season, featuring prominently in Linafoot (DR Congo’s first division), as TP Mazembe were crowned league champions – beating out competition from fierce rivals AS Vita of Kinshasa, as well as in the CAF Champions League. In total, he scored a league record-tying 24 goals adding another five goals and four assists in the CAF Champions League.
This season continued in a similar vein for Muleka. He remained TP Mazembe’s key attacker. He repaid this faith with 12 league goals prior to the cancellation of the Linafoot season after 20 matches due to the Coronavirus pandemic. On the continent he starred for his club as he scored seven goals in just 10 CAF Champions League matches.
Muleka has represented DR Congo on the international stage at Under 20, Under 23 and senior level. He played two games for the Under 20 side and four games for the under 23 side including scoring two goals in a sparkling performance against Morocco in a Under 23 African Nations Cup (AFCON) qualifier. He stepped up to the senior side in September 2019, making his full international debut in a friendly against Rwanda. Since then he has scored three goals in six senior internationals for his country.
Lens have taken an outside of the box to the transfer market since earning promotion to the French first division, signing highly touted South American prospects Wuilker Fariñez and Facundo Medina.