Rafa Benitez has reportedly asked Everton to sign Clement Lenglet in the summer transfer window.
The Lowdown: centre-back wanted
However, with the likes of Ben Godfrey, Mason Holgate, Michael Keane and Yerry Mina already at the Merseyside club, it may mean that one of them would have to make way in order to accompany a new centre-back.
The Latest: Lenglet wanted
As per reports in Spain,, Benitez has asked the Toffees board to sign Lenglet, as he ‘does not trust’ Mina, and the ages of both Godfrey and Holgate are of concern.
Preferably, he would like to sign a left-footed centre-half, which Lenglet is, and it would cost €20m (£17.2m) to prize him away from FC Barcelona.
The Verdict: Avoid
Although £17.2m could be seen as a good price for a 26-year-old who has played at the highest level for both club and country, the Blues should not be prioritising signing another central defender in this window, and so should instead focus on other positions in the squad.
Lenglet is a good player, having made no fewer than 39 appearances in the UEFA Champions League for both Barca and Sevilla over the course of the last five consecutive seasons (Transfermarkt).
Should Everton sign Lenglet?
However, he has struggled at times in big games, notably being hauled off at half-time in France’s dismal defeat at the hands of Switzerland in their Euro 2020 last 16 tie (UEFA).
On a whopping £101,000-per-week at the Nou Camp as well, Lenglet just is not worth it when you take all of these factors into account.
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