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Barcelona’s €10 million-rated defender has no intention to move to Saudi Arabia – Romero

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As Barcelona accelerate efforts to offload some of their out-of-favour stars, they have recently begun talks with Al Nassr over the departure of Clement Lenglet.

Indeed, reports broke out last night claiming that the Saudi Arabian giants were looking to sign the 28-year-old Frenchman and had opened negotiations for his transfer.

Lenglet uninterested in Saudi Arabia move

Lenglet, whose current market value stands at €10 million, has no place in Xavi Hernandez’s plans for the upcoming season and is bound for the exit doors this summer. But it appears that the centre-half has no desire to move to the Middle East.

Indeed, according to Gerard Romero, there is a proposal from Al Nassr for Lenglet, but the French international has no intention to join the Saudi Arabian giants.

Barcelona are keen on getting rid of Lenglet due to his enormous wages – if he stays this season, the Frenchman is entitled to earn a total of €16 million.

A move to Al Nassr could see him pocket similar wages or even higher, given how the Saudi Arabian clubs have splashed the cash this summer. And Barça would also stand to receive a good fee.

But the 28-year-old prefers to continue in Europe and it will likely take a lot to convince him to decide otherwise.

Tottenham still in the picture

Lenglet’s future is far from clear. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

As iterated earlier, Lenglet has no place in Xavi’s scheme of things.

Last season, the former Sevilla ace was sent out on loan to Tottenham Hotspur, where he fared quite decently.

There have been talks of a permanent move back to the north London outfit, but things have not progressed as well as the two parties would have liked.

Barcelona’s financial demands are seen as excessive by Tottenham, as they would also have to bear Lenglet’s steep wages, leading to the negotiations stalling.

But the Lilywhites are not entirely out of the picture at this point and the option still remains on the table if the two parties are willing to come to a compromise on the transfer fee.

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

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