Barcelona and Aston Villa have reached an agreement over a loan deal for defender Clement Lenglet, reports Fabrizio Romano.
The 28-year-old had no place in Xavi’s plans after returning from his loan spell at Tottenham Hotspur.
The Frenchman refused a move to Saudi Arabia as he held on for a return to Spurs, but that did not materialise. A move to Sevilla appeared to be on the cards but the player’s insistence on returning to England meant that a return to Andalusia did not come to be either.
Aston Villa entered the picture yesterday and negotiations between the two parties have been swift, with an agreement now reached.
Lenglet to travel to England today
Romano adds that Lenglet will soon be on his way to England so that the remainder of the formalities are completed and the loan transfer is signed and sealed.
The former Sevilla ace was at the club offices for three hours earlier today waiting for the agreement to be finalised.
And, while the details are still unclear, Barça and Villa have been able to finalise a deal suitable for everyone involved.
No buy option in deal
There were some reports that suggested that Lenglet’s loan move to Aston Villa came with a purchase option in the deal.
However, Toni Juanmarti has reported that there is a 100% no buy option inserted in the operation.
As such, it will be a plain loan arrangement meaning Lenglet will be back at Barça again next summer.
The journalist also adds that the Midlands club would be covering a large share of Lenglet’s salary, with Barcelona left to pick up around 25% of his pay.
For now, though, the Blaugrana will be happy to see him out and slashing a part of his wages from their salary mass.