Sevilla’s 22 year old French centre back, Clement Lenglet has become the latest name to be linked with a move to Barcelona as the Catalan giants look to improve on their defensive options.
Lenglet signed for Sevilla last January after impressing for Nancy in Ligue 1 whom the defender has been at since his teenage years. He spent six years with Les Chardons and represented the club at youth, B team and senior level. Since moving to Sevilla he has become a regular in the side and he has been particularly impressive last season now that he has had a few months to settle into his new surroundings.
When asked about the prospect of playing for Barcelona Lenglet told Sevilla’s YouTube channel that “Barcelona are a great side but so are Sevilla and I am happy here.” The defender went onto say, “We will see that the future holds but I am focused on La Liga and the Champions League with Sevilla and I am happy with the minutes and games that I am playing.”
It remains to be seen whether Barcelona will make their move for Lenglet in January or wait until the summer but it certainly appears that defence is seen as a priority and it is likely that they will make a move to bring someone in either in January or next summer.
Barca are looking to bolster a number of positions in the January transfer window and have been actively scouting a number of options.
Technical secretary Robert Fernandez was in attendance to watch Cesar Azpilicueta as Chelsea beat Manchester United on Sunday afternoon.
Defensive options are reportedly key for the former Athletic Club head coach with veteran defender Javier Mascherano expected to leave for Major League Soccer next summer.
Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti have been mainstays in the Barca starting eleven, but Valverde is keen to add options.
Thomas Vermaelen was included in the Champions League squad last week against Olympiacos but he is also expected to leave like Mascherano, giving Valverde no other options at the back.
Azpilicueta has long been admired by Barca, and Robert Fernandez was closely watching the Spanish international at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.