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Tottenham Hotspur: Club now in negotiations to sign Clement Lenglet

Tottenham Hotspur: Club now in negotiations to sign Clement Lenglet -Tottenham Hotspur News

A report in the last 48 hours claims Tottenham Hotspur are in negotiations to bring Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet to the Premier League this summer.

The Lowdown: Barcelona offer Lenglet to Spurs

The Frenchman first made the switch to the Camp Nou in a £31.7m move from Sevilla back in 2018, where he’s so far made a total of 160 appearances for the Catalan giants during his spell at the club.

Despite still having four years remaining on his current contract, which expires in 2026, the 15-cap ace has recently fallen out of favour under Xavi, and therefore has been linked with a move away after it was revealed that Barca have offered him out to clubs to complete a potential loan transfer.

One of the teams named is the Lilywhites, and following a fresh update, it would seem as though Antonio Conte is very much keen on striking up an agreement for the defender.

The Latest: Spurs in transfer negotiations

In a new article published by Spanish website Sport (via Sport Witness), it’s claimed that Spurs are now ‘working on a deal’ for the transfer of Lenglet, and are currently in negotiations with the Blaugrana.

The source further states that Paratici and co initially made a proposal to sign the Beauvais-born talent on a two-season loan, but a new regulation that comes into force from July 1 prevents loans from lasting longer than one term. The two parties are now looking for a loophole.

If a move is arranged, it’s believed that the 6 foot 1 colossus would spend the ‘whole time’ getting his salary paid by the north Londoners.

The Verdict: A risk worth taking

Lenglet, who was once valued at £54m back in 2019, has had a disappointing season in La Liga, having only recorded 21 outings after falling down the pecking order under Xavi.

Despite this, the £97k-per-week starlet was among the best centre-backs in Europe when he left Sevilla to join Barca, labelled ‘impeccable‘ at passing out from the back by Catalan media outlets. The evidence in his limited appearances this season backs that label up – Lenglet ranks in the 99th percentile for progressive passes for centre-backs in Europe’s top five leagues (FBRef).

He also typically plays on the left-hand side of a backline, a position that Ben Davies, who’s not a natural central defender, currently occupies.

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Considering any possible move would only be temporary, we feel Conte should take the risk and give Lenglet the chance to show what he’s capable of in the English top-flight, and even if the switch doesn’t go as well as hoped, he would simply be allowed to return if he fails to impress the Italian following the conclusion of his spell.

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