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Out-of-favour Barcelona defender’s move to Tottenham extremely complicated – report

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Barcelona were expected to hold discussions with Tottenham Hotspur for a permanent transfer of defender Clement Lenglet during the latter’s visit to the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys in Montjuïc for the Joan Gamper Trophy.

However, according to SPORT, the Frenchman’s move to London has gotten more complicated since the Lilywhites signed Micky van de Ven from Wolfsburg.

The 22-year-old Netherlands U21 international plays in exactly the same position as Lenglet and the team from the Premier League might not want to bid for the Barça defender now since reaching an agreement has been taking forever.

It has been quite a long time since Barcelona put Lenglet on the market. Initially, only Tottenham seemed like the plausible destination after he spent the last season on loan at the north London club.

As reported before, Barcelona look to coup at least €15 million from his sale but Tottenham were only offering a proposal worth €5 million fixed plus €5 million in variables.

And the constant back and forth to decide on the player’s transfer fee eventually forced them to look elsewhere, with Van de Ven arriving, leaving Lenglet’s future in limbo.

What are Barcelona’s options?

Lenglet has generated quite a buzz in Italian football, to say the very least. Of late, Juventus have been credited with heavy interest while the likes of Napoli and AC Milan have kept him on their radar too.

A club from Saudi Arabia has also shown interest in Lenglet but the talks might not culminate into anything as the player is adamant about playing in the Premier League and not anywhere else.

Meanwhile, if he does decide to explore other avenues, Juventus can be a good destination. The team from Turin maintains good relations with Barça and while there have not been offers from their end yet, it could be about time.

At Barcelona, Lenglet’s departure is extremely crucial as the salary that they would save from the transfer would allow them to have a free hand in the wage limit.

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