Barcelona are already making progress in their bid to sell Clement Lenglet to Tottenham Hotspur in the summer in a deal worth around €14 million.
Lenglet left Barcelona for Tottenham last summer, joining the north London club on a season-long loan deal. The French international has performed fairly well during his time with the Premier League giants so far, racking up a goal and two assists from 27 matches.
Lenglet’s signing in the summer had come at the request of Antonio Conte. And even though the Italian is no longer the manager of Tottenham Hotspur, the club are understood to be keen on signing the 27-year-old permanently as long as the conditions suit them.
Barcelona, for their part, are keen to offload the former Sevilla ace as they look to lower their wage bill and generate revenue ahead of the summer transfer window. There is a rush within the Catalan club’s offices to close these types of deals before June 30.
And, it is claimed that talks have already taken place between the Blaugrana and the Lilywhites over Lenglet’s permanent transfer at the end of the season. The two clubs are said to be discussing a transfer fee of around €14 million for the 27-year-old defender.
Barcelona have already amortized a good part of his transfer fee and can now save a significant amount of money that contributes to his wages.
Meanwhile, Tottenham are understood to have very good reports on Lenglet despite Conte’s departure and the club value the signing of a left-footed centre-back with experience at the highest level.
The sacking of Conte and the sanctions on club director Fabio Paratici have had some impact on negotiations. But, irrespective of the potential changes in structure at the club, Tottenham’s intention to sign Lenglet is expected to remain firm.
The player will also have a say in the matter, though, and it remains to be seen if Lenglet is willing to join Spurs permanently and wants a different move.