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Antonio Conte sanctions Tottenham move for Clement Lenglet, but transfer relies on critical condition

Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet

Tottenham boss Antonio Conte has reportedly given the green light to a move for Clement Lenglet, although the transfer depends on a key factor.

Lenglet came through the Nancy academy in his native France and went on to appear 83 times in their senior team. He got his big break when Sevilla came calling and paid around £4.9million for his services in January 2017.

The centre-back would only spend 18 months at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan Stadium as Barcelona took him to the Nou Camp in July 2018.

Sevilla made a big profit as Barcelona agreed to pay over £32m for the France international.

This season, Lenglet has made 26 appearances in all competitions, with 20 of those coming in La Liga. He is having to deal with competition for places from Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia mainly.

Barcelona selling Araujo to Manchester United or Liverpool would have given Lenglet hope of featuring more regularly under Xavi.

But the Uruguayan defender penned a new contract in April which will keep him with the Spanish club until 2026.

And with Pique tied down for two more years, Lenglet’s future in the first team is unclear.

Clement Lenglet becomes a target for Spurs

This is where Tottenham come in. According to Spanish newspaper Sport, Conte has sanctioned a Spurs move for Lenglet.

The Italian manager tends to go with a back three of Cristian Romero, Eric Dier and Ben Davies in north London. But capturing Lenglet would given Conte another decent option in defence.

And a Barca exit is likely, with Sport claiming Xavi has no need for the 26-year-old. As such, he will be sold – as long as the conditions are right.

However, some negotiation needs to be done over the terms of the deal. Spurs will refuse to pay any money for Lenglet initially.

They want to bring him to the Premier League, but only on a season-long loan. This will allow them to evaluate him for a campaign before potentially making an offer.

Barca, in contrast, are seeking an immediate solution and want Spurs to pay for a permanent transfer now.

Officials from the two clubs could meet this summer to resolve the issue. Although, it seems both teams will hold firm.

As such, Lenglet may end up going to another European outfit as clearly he has no future in Catalonia.

Spurs’ stance is a sensible one as they don’t want to run the risk of wasting money.

A great example of loan moves working is Dejan Kulusevski and Rodrigo Bentancur. They have had a solid second half of the campaign and are now in line for permanent moves to Spurs.

Meanwhile, Spurs are surprisingly looking into a move for a former Arsenal player.