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Barcelona confident of closing €15 million-rated outcast’s sale to Tottenham

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With only a little over two weeks left in the summer transfer window, Barcelona are eager to finalise the departures of the unwanted players from the roster.

One such star who does not feature in Xavi Hernandez’s plans but continues to remain on the club’s books is Clement Lenglet.

The 28-year-old Frenchman spent the last season away on loan at Tottenham Hotspur and talks were underway over a permanent transfer back to the north London club.

But a disagreement over the transfer fee led to the negotiations coming to a screeching halt.

Harry Kane’s exit could open the doors for Lenglet

However, SPORT is now reporting that Lenglet to Tottenham Hotspur could be back on again with the Lilywhites set for a cash injection from the imminent sale of Harry Kane.

As per the report, Spurs plan to reinvest the funds from Kane’s departure to Bayern Munich on four new signings, which includes a new centre-back, even though they recently signed Micky van de Ven.

And Lenglet continues to be their preferred option to reinforce the backline, with the player also hoping to secure a move back to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Eager to move back to Tottenham. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Now, Barcelona believe that they can finalise the departure of Lenglet to Tottenham in the coming days, with talks likely to resume.

The sticking point in negotiations had been the transfer fee, with Barça asking for €15 million while Spurs were only willing to pay €5 million as they were taking over his wages in full.

But there could be a breakthrough in the coming days, with the report suggesting that the player already has an agreement in principle with Tottenham over a three-year contract.

Lenglet’s other options

Over the past couple of weeks, Lenglet has attracted interest from clubs in Italy such as Juventus and AC Milan, although nothing came of it as they were only looking for loan deals.

There have been approaches from Saudi Arabia as well, but the Frenchman wishes to continue in Europe, preferably with Tottenham.

It is now up to Barcelona and Spurs to reach an agreement that is beneficial for all parties involved and close the book on the operation.

Player valuation in title obtained from transfermarkt.com on date of publication.

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