While it is settled that the future of Clement Lenglet lies away from Barcelona, the Frenchman’s next destination is something that needs some sort of clarity.
Sevilla’s reported interest once gathered steam, but if the report from Catalan Radio is to be believed, the 26-year-old is currently a subject of interest for the Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur over a two-year loan deal.
Lenglet was hardly preferred by Xavi this season and was, in fact, only treated as the last resort when the manager had no defensive options at his disposal. Hence, an exit in the summer is certainly not a surprise, to say the least.
Furthermore, with Andreas Christensen arriving, the competition for the centre-back spot will only tighten which will leave little to no room for the Frenchman to feature next season. And since it’s the world cup year, no player would agree to remain on the bench.
But thanks to his high wages, Barcelona have come to terms with the fact that selling him this summer would be next to impossible since he is pocketing more than €10 million annually.
And so, a loan exit is the best possible solution, and as many as four Premier League teams have reportedly shown interest in the trade-in. This includes Tottenham, their London rivals Arsenal, Everton and Newcastle United.
In that way, Barcelona will get to save a large part of his salary, and the player will get to play regular first-team football.
Interestingly enough, Lenglet’s ongoing contract with Barcelona runs until 2026 and yet he is expected to be one of the first players to depart. And after Xavi urged the management to get rid of a few players, those involved are working on finding the best possible solution.
Lenglet was one of those players who had a personal meeting with Xavi where he was informed that if the right offer comes along, he will be asked to leave and the defender had no other option but to accept his fate.