Barcelona wants to nail down the signing of Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet, and it looks increasingly likely that the deal will be going through on July 1 as planned.
Since the end of May, Lenglet has held off on contract talks to see what new Sevilla manager Pablo Machín would offer. Reportedly the new coach offered to make Lenglet the highest paid Sevilla player to fend off interest from the Blaugrana.
But, behind the scenes, Goal.com has reported that the Rojiblancos are actively looking for a replacement for Lenglet, with Florian Lejeune of Newcastle and Gianmarco Ferrari of Sampdoria on their shortlist. This makes it look inevitable that the Frenchman will indeed be leaving next month.
However, Sevilla’s director of football, Joaquin Caparros, recently said of the French defender’s future,
“Whenever there has been interest from Barcelona in a Sevilla player, there has been a call between the presidents.
“So far, this call hasn’t arrived in Seville.”
This leaves the other Barcelona defenders with their fates in the balance, especially for Yerry Mina and Thomas Vermaelen.
It doesn’t seem that the decision will be hanging for too long though, as Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde wants to confirm the squad as soon as possible so that they can begin preparations for next season.