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Barcelona in talks with Al Nassr over the sale of out-of-favour defender – report

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With Barcelona returning from their pre-season tour of the United States of America, the club will now look to accelerate the departures of some of their unwanted stars in the coming days.

And it seems like efforts towards that have already begun as Fernando Polo of Mundo Deportivo is reporting that Barcelona have entered into negotiations with Al Nassr over the potential sale of Clement Lenglet.

Lenglet does not have a future at Barcelona

Lenglet has been at Barça for six years now, but has fallen out of favour at the club. Having hardly played during the 2021/22 campaign, the 28-year-old centre-half spent the last season on loan at Tottenham.

Talks had been going on with the Lilywhites over the Frenchman’s permanent transfer, but things have not been moving forward as the two clubs do not agree on his valuation.

Barcelona have been demanding a sum of €15 million for Lenglet, but Spurs are not prepared to offer more than €5 million, as they would also have to take up his massive wages.

As such, negotiations had become complicated, creating a cause of concern for the Blaugrana.

Al Nassr to the rescue?

Lenglet to Saudi Arabia? (Photo by Alex Pantling/Getty Images)

However, it appears that Al Nassr have come to the aid of both Barça and Lenglet.

Saudi Arabia has been the disrupting force in the transfer market this summer, signing many big-name players from Europe.

Al Nassr have already signed former Liverpool and Bayern Munich superstar Sadio Mane and former Barcelona target Marcelo Brozovic, among others, this summer.

And they now appear to have set their sights on Lenglet now, with talks already underway with Barcelona.

The report further adds that the Blaugrana are not seeking a big fee for the Frenchman and would be just happy to get rid of his steep wages – Lenglet would earn €16 million if he stays this season.

While talks might be going on between the clubs, convincing the defender remains a big task. But with the Saudi Arabian club not hesitating to offer lucrative contracts, that may help sway Lenglet.

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