Transfer Latest: Barcelona Sign Clement Lenglet
Barcelona have signed defender Clement Lenglet from another Spanish Club Sevilla. Lenglet has signed a five-year contract at Camp Nou which is the home-base for an ace football club.
The Frenchman Lenglet saw Barcelona paying €35 million (£31m/$41m) for a release clause. Lenglet’s deal includes a release clause, which stands at €300m (£264m/$350m), and runs until June 30, 2023.
It brings to end a saga that has stretched several months. Subsequently, with the Catalan side, having long been linked with the Frenchman.
Lenglet became one of Europe’s most sought-after defenders at Sevilla, following his arrival from Ligue 1 side Nancy in January 2017.
Manchester United (MU) were also credited with an interest in securing his signature. But Lenglet has opted to stay in La Liga with Barca.
The 23-year-old joins a growing French contingent at Camp Nou. He joins forward Ousmane Dembele, and defenders Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti.
Lenglet enjoyed a productive spell at Sevilla, making over 70 appearances and scoring four goals for the club. He is yet to be capped by France at senior level. But has won 10 caps at Under-21 level. He has, additionally, been capped at every level between U-16 and U-21.
Lenglet becomes Barcelona’s second major signing of the summer after Arthur arrived from Gremio for €40m on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Catalans are seeking to offload several players following the arrival of Arthur as they need to free up spots for non-EU players.
Brazilian Paulinho has already been allowed to depart. Some reports also suggest Yerry Mina can leave too. Despite having enjoyed an impressive World Cup campaign with Colombia, he might be on his way to Everton.
Everton continues to be linked with a move for the South American centre-back. Reports suggested it with a fee of €24 million (£21m/$28m) suggested.
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