The time for offloading players has arrived upon Barcelona. With the new season edging closer, the Blaugrana must ensure that they ease their financial burden by letting go of certain players who are not essential to the club’s plans in the future.
With players like Miralem Pjanic, Samuel Umtiti, and Martin Braithwaite, among many others, potentially on their way out very soon, Barcelona need to trim down further their wage bill and try to recoup some funds so that they can channel that money back into reinforcing the squad better.
One of the new names that has emerged on the exit list seems to be Clement Lenglet. According to the reliable journalist Gerard Romero on his Twitch channel, the French defender could be on his way to the Premier League. Barcelona recently negotiated a potential loan deal with an English side for the centre-back.
The loan deal would also have a mandatory purchase option if Lenglet were to play a certain amount of games, and the team signing him would have to pay his salary in full. No names of potential suitors were mentioned, but the recent links to Everton and West Ham United were ruled out.
Lenglet’s departure is not an easy option to consider. While it does ease the economic load a little, the Frenchman is not among the squad’s highest earners and is well settled into the team. It makes no sense to sell him if they are looking for another centre-back addition in such stringent circumstances.
However, after his wonderful debut season with the Catalans, Lenglet’s drop in quality has been noticeable. His prominence in the squad is dwindling, which could mean a move away is the best choice for all parties.