Everton are trying to sign Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet on loan, according to journalist Ekrem Konur.
Barcelona paid £31.7m to sign Lenglet from Sevilla in 2018, and he has two years left to run on his contract at Camp Nou.
The 26-year-old has made 133 appearances for the Catalan giants, featuring in 33 of their 38 La Liga matches last season (via Transfermarkt).
He was called up to the France squad for the European Championships, with Didier Deschamps drafting him into a back three for the Round of 16 clash with Switzerland. However, he was withdrawn at half-time with the French trailing 1-0 and was given a 2/10 rating for his performance by French newspaper L’Equipe (via Daily Mail).
Barcelona have already bolstered their centre-back ranks this summer with the signing of Eric Garcia from Manchester City and they are reportedly ready to entertain offers for the 26-year-old.
Everton are already said to be ‘in talks’ over taking Lenglet to Goodison Park on a temporary basis, according to Konur.
However, they are facing competition from West Ham United, who are managed by former Toffees boss David Moyes.
On paper, this would look like a coup – a £31.7m Barcelona and France centre-back joining a team who haven’t qualified for Europe, and whose 92.1% passing success rate was better than any player who started a league match for Everton last season.
However, the Toffees should probably steer clear. Lenglet had a bit of shocker at Euro 2020, as suggested by his humiliating L’Equipe rating, and may inject anxiety into the Blues’ backline.
An ambitious £35m swoop for Kalidou Koulibaly seems the way to go but the Lenglet talks centre around a possible loan, and that may be a sign of Everton’s reluctance – or inability – to commit significant financial outlay to enhancing their defence this summer.
In other news, Everton have been urged to sign this Euro 2020 star.
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