Barcelona set to make Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet their first summer signing

Barcelona set to make Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet their first summer signing

June 23, 2018 Off By Sam Leveridge

Barcelona are preparing to meet the €35 million release clause for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet on the July 1, according to SPORT.

The Catalan newspaper claim that Barca came to an agreement with the Andalusian in order to avoid any future conflict.

Barcelona will deposit the €35m fee to LaLiga on July 1 and Lenglet will sign a five-year contract at Camp Nou, joining French defensive compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Lucas Digne.

Lenglet in, Mina and Vermaelen out?

The centre-back will add much needed depth in defence after an impressive spell at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan despite his youth at just 23-years-old.

Lenglet has long been linked with a move to Barcelona, having impressed in his 54 games for Los Rojiblancos in all competitions last season.

But it could have an impact on other defenders at the club though, with Yerry Mina and Thomas Vermaelen both facing uncertain futures in Ernesto Valverde’s squad.

Mina has repeatedly been linked with a loan move away from Catalonia only six months after joining the club from Brazil, but the Colombian is unlikely to be able to displace any of the men ahead of him in the pecking order.

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If Lenglet’s deal is confirmed, it is expected to be signed and sealed in the next few weeks unless there is a surprise in the transfer market.