Barcelona make Clement Lenglet their second signing of the season, agreeing a deal with Sevilla.
The former Sevilla center-back is headed to Barcelona as the club agreed to pay the defender’s €35. 9 million buy-out clause.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the agreement is for a five-year contract, ending in 2023, as well as placing a buy-out clause of €300 million on the Frenchman. He is scheduled to have his medical on Friday where he will then be photographed on the pitch at Camp Nou.
The signing puts an end to a transfer saga that has been going on since the second-half of the season when rumors first began. A few weeks ago, there were reports that he would wind up being Barcelona’s first signing of the summer. But “matter of days” turned into “matter of hours” to “imminent” which seems to be the phrases one hears when discussing Barcelona transfer targets.
Part of the delay was also attributed to Barcelona trying to negotiate on the transfer price. However, in the end, the club decided to pay the full release clause to avoid any potential conflict with Sevilla.
Barcelona are acquiring a quality back-up who is only 23 years old. He is a more reliable back-up to have than Vermaelen who, for all his quality, cannot be trusted to stay healthy. He’s also joining a club with fellow countrymen Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Digne, and Ousmane Dembele.
The signing of Lenglet also puts Yerry Mina’s continuance at the club further into doubt. Despite scoring three goals with Colombia at the World Cup, executives at the club are still not sold on him.
The signing of Lenglet continues the trend of Barcelona signing Seville players. Over the past few seasons Barcelona have signed the likes of Dani Alves, Seydou Keita, Ivan Rakitic, and Aleix Vidal. It’s fair to say that, for the most part, these signings have all paid dividends.