Man Utd launch late bid to snatch €35m-rated Barcelona target

Date published: Tuesday 5th June 2018 11:53 - Matthew Briggs

Manchester United have reportedly made their move for Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet.

Old Trafford officials have made an approach for the 22-year-old centre-back, according to French outlet L’Equipe as they aim to beat Barcelona to the France Under-21 defender.

Lenglet has impressed for the La Liga side this season and played against Jose Mourinho’s side twice as Sevilla knocked United out of the Champions League.

He helped Sevilla to the final of the Copa del Rey and the Champions League quarter-finals and now United have made a firm enquiry about the left-footed player, whose contract contains a €35m release clause.

Mundo Deportivo claimed last month that Lenglet has agreed a five-year contract with Barcelona and would complete a deal at the end of the season.

Liverpool have also been linked with Lenglet, while Sport claimed Real Madrid were hoping to gazump Barcelona to the signing of the player.

His agent, Gregory Dakad, recently told Estadio Deportivo Barca were not the only club interested in him: “There are clubs chasing Lenglet, but first of all he wants to finish the season well.

“He likes the club and the city of Seville. If he decides to leave, it will be a difficult decision for him. I can’t say what clubs are interested, but there is interest in Spain and there have been questions from other countries, too.”

Lenglet only joined Sevilla from Ligue 1 outfit Nancy in January 2017 for a reported €5million fee, but he has stepped up to the plate and played 54 games for Sevilla last term.

And Sevilla are in talks with the fast-improving Frenchman regarding a contract extension that will increase his release clause, according to club president Jose Castro.

Speaking at the presentation of new Sevilla coach Pablo Machin, Castro said: “We have no record of Lenglet having an agreement with any other club and we have no reason to think that he will leave Seville.

“The news that comes out can come out. The meetings we’ve had are to increase his clause and renew.”

 

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