Defender Clement Lenglet has swiftly turned from hero to villain for Barcelona and their fans. The Frenchman has gone from a solid defender to an extremely vulnerable presence at the back. He has been struggling for form a long time now and begs the question of how long it is endurable.
The answer is however, that barring a miracle, he will be at Barcelona for a long time. Lenglet’s current contract with Barcelona is a very long-term deal that runs until 2026. He had renewed with the Catalans back while Josep Maria Bartomeu was still in charge.
Lenglet signed his new deal with Barcelona in October 2020, after the Champions League game against Ferencvaros. The contract nets him an annual salary of 5.7 million euros. The buyout clause stands at a hefty 300 million euros.
However, the centerback’s recent form has been very questionable and has raised serious doubts about his place in the starting lineup. In Sunday’s La Liga clash against Cadiz, the 25-year-old gave away a silly penalty in the final moments of the game. A foul that denied Barcelona all three points and saw them drop to third in the table.
The Blaugrana had the perfect opportunity to close the gap on Atletico Madrid after the leaders lost 2-0 to Levante. Instead, they now find themselves still trailing by the same margin. To make things worse, Real Madrid managed to win against Valladolid, opening up a provisional 5-point lead over Barcelona.
Barcelona also suffered due to their lack of clinicality in front of goal against Cadiz. However, a straightforward victory was snatched away due to a lapse of concentration in the final minutes. The Catalans hopes of silverware have swiftly slimmed down but their defensive woes are still persistent.
Hopefully Lenglet can rediscover his best self very soon.
Report: Barcelona accept defeat in pursuit of Inter Milan striker
According to reports from Corriere della Sera (relayed by SempreInter), Barcelona have now given up on their pursuit of Inter Milan striker, Lautaro Martinez. The 23-year-old has enjoyed a phenomenal season upfront with Romelu Lukaku, and he is a hot prospect in Europe. He has several skills that make him suited to a team like Barça, who have been chasing him for over a year now.
Inter were initially demanding northwards of €100m for the striker before the start of the 20/21 season. With their financial struggles, the Catalan club were unable to cope with their demands. However, the rumours linking Martinez to Barça did not die down in the months that followed. This is due to the Blaugrana’s dire need for a striker.
The Garnet and the Blue have been considering several options, with the Argentinian striker being only one out of a talented bunch including Aguero, Depay, Haaland, and more. Martinez was hotly tipped to join Barça, apparently wanting a union with his fellow Argentine teammate Lionel Messi.
However, with Inter’s meteoric rise to success, and Martinez’ key role in the team, it seems that he is no longer going to leave the club. The Milan based club is head and shoulders above all other teams in the Serie A, and look set to win their first title in eleven years.
The Argentine forward has played a huge part in Inter’s incredible campaign, scoring fifteen and assisting five in 30 matches this league campaign.
Antonio Conte has done a brilliant job with Inter, and he has also developed Martinez into a phenomenal striker; one who can both score goals as well as drop deep and create the play. With his immense pairing with Lukaku and the inevitable success of Inter, it seems impossible that a transfer is on the card for the young striker any time soon.