Tottenham are one of two clubs to have made a loan offer to sign unwanted Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, claims reports in Spain.
The former Sevilla star looks likely to leave the Camp Nou this summer. He has been told by Xavi that he is not in Barca’s head coach’s first-team plans for next season.
That report via Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, suggests the 27-year-old could hunt for a new home. However, with a contract running until 2026, there’s no guarantee the left-footed defender will look to move on.
In fact he is said to have refused to leave the LaLiga side in January. Instead he stuck with Barca, but made only three LaLiga starts in 2022 with Xavi preferring Ronald Araujo, Gerard Pique and Eric Garcia in central defence.
The report claims the France international will meet with his agent at the end of this week and assess his options.
Spurs are believed to have an offer on the table, as do Ligue 1 side Marsille.
OM have offered the player a temporary deal, while Spurs are offering to take the centre-back on a two-year loan.
Lenglet a last resort?
The wages of Lenglet are considered to be pretty hefty by both clubs, per the report. And so both parties are hopeful that Barca will cover a percentage of his salary.
Barcelona are keen to remove the player’s financial remuneration from their books though. It’s that disagreement which has probably led Sport to claim the deal has “somewhat stagnated”.
They do claim that there may be “important news” this week. Most probably after Lenglet meets with his agent to go through his options.
Sky Sports reporter Michael Bridge believes Lenglet will be one of Antonio Conte’s last resorts.
Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni, Torino’s Gleison Bremer and RB Leipzig star Josko Gvardiol have all been named as major Tottenham targets.
And Bridge, speaking with GiveMeSport, claims the defender could be north London bound only if all the other targets fail to come off.