Tottenham Hotspur could dip back into the transfer market in search of another central defender, even if Clement Lenglet completes his loan switch from Barcelona, according to CBS reporter Ben Jacobs.
The Lowdown: Lenglet arriving in N17
As per reliable journalist Fabrizio Romano (2 July), Spurs are ‘hopeful’ of completing a deal with the La Liga giants for the Frenchman ‘very soon’.
Spanish sources claim that the 27-year-old has been granted permission by the Catalan club to complete his loan switch to north London, with reports suggesting that personal terms have already been agreed with the player.
The Lilywhites are expected to pay in the region of £6m to help cover the defender’s wages.
The Latest: Jacobs’ claim
Jacobs believes that Antonio Conte could look to go back into the transfer market for another centre-back once a deal for Lenglet is completed.
When asked whether Spurs could sign another central defender, the reporter told GiveMeSport: “Yes, it’s very possible. The thing about Lenglet is it would be a loan deal.
“They would still have financial capability to get another one in. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if two defenders come in.”
The Verdict: Short-term signing
Whilst the France international has a wealth of experience playing at the top level, illustrated by his 156 appearances in La Liga and 42 outings in the Champions League (via Transfermarkt), Lenglet’s arrival at Hotspur Way only fills the void temporarily.
After the culmination of the 2022/23 season, the defender will return to Spain, and Conte will be left without a left-sided centre-back.
Therefore, it is crucial that Fabio Paratici brings in a younger and permanent addition for Spurs’ backline, somebody who can grow into Conte’s team under a more long-term vision.
With that in mind, Jacobs’ promising claim will surely be welcomed by Tottenham fans.
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