Barcelona are set to announce the signing of Clement Lenglet from La Liga rivals Sevilla.
According to the reports, Barcelona representatives met with Lenglet’s agent’s where an agreement was reached for the 22 year old to move to the La Liga champions, despite the knowing that he will not play as a starter.
Even though Sevilla have not had their best season in recent years, Lenglet was one of their stand out performers. In beating Manchester United in the Champions League, he showed that he can handle the big stage and kept the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez quiet.
With this news, the future of Samuel Umtiti has been cast into further doubt. Still yet to sign a new deal with Barcelona, Manchester United and Jose Mourinho are known admirers. A release clause believed to be in the region of €60 is willing to be met also.
Still, there is no reason to believe why Lenglet couldn’t fit into the squad along with his fellow countryman.
With Thomas Vermaelen 33 years old in November and having a litany of injuries, his time at the club is on a short countdown. The need for a successor for Gerard Pique is also no secret with the Spaniard now 31, he will feature less and less as the next few years come.
Matthijs de Ligt was the centre of attention of the Barcelona board over the last while, but the 18 year old is believed to demand first team football – something Barcelona cannot promise. Lenglet is seen as a cheaper alternative in any case. Granted, he is three years older but he has proven himself in his past two seasons in Spain. It is also understood that de Ligt has a price of over €50 million on his head, which free spending Manchester City are reportedly willing to spend on the Dutch international.
With Lenglet having a buy out clause reported in the region of €35 million, Barcelona are willing to pay it.
The Barcelona board have come out claiming there is €60 million available to spend before any sales are made this summer. With the likes of Andre Gomes and Paco Alcacer expected to find the exit door, more funds will be freed up to spend elsewhere. €35 million on Lenglet would not put too severe a dent in any plans Ernesto Valverde has for the summer. Having signed from Nancy in January 2017 for €5.5 million, Sevilla would be happy to generate such a turnover in such a short space of time also.