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Tottenham close in on loan deal for Barcelona star as Postecoglou eyes familiar antidote to key issue

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet during a loan spell with Tottenham

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet during a loan spell with Tottenham

Tottenham reportedly want to re-sign Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet on loan as Ange Postecoglou looks to bolster his defensive options. 

Spurs conceded an eye-watering 63 goals in the Premier League last term and the manager knows that must improve if they want to break into the top six again.

Tottenham have already completed deals for James Maddison, Dejan Kulusevski, Guglielmo Vicario and Manor Solomon this summer. Now, Postecoglou wants a centre-back to be his next signing.

As previously reported by TEAMtalk, Tottenham are ‘still working’ on a deal for Bayer Leverkusen defender Edmond Tapsoba.

The 24-year-old is thought to be Spurs’ priority. However, with Postecoglou willing to sell Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga, Davinson Sanchez and Ben Davies this summer, he will need to bring in more than one new centre-back.

With that in mind, Lenglet could be a good, familiar option. He made 26 Premier League appearances while on loan with Tottenham last season and was considered to be more solid than the aforementioned quartet.

Daniel Levy has been pushing to re-sign the France international for some time. Now, it seems Tottenham are close to getting their man.

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Tottenham prepare loan offer for Lenglet

According to Spanish outlet SportTottenham and Barcelona are ‘getting closer’ to reaching an agreement for Lenglet.

The Catalans value the defender at approximately £12.9m but Spurs are pushing to sign him on loan, with an obligation to buy at the end of the season.

This could allow Tottenham to negotiate a better transfer fee and Barcelona to get his wages off the books, as they continue to grapple with financial constraints.

Both clubs would like a deal to be done before they face each other in a friendly on 8th August.

The report adds that Lenglet’s preference is to continue playing for Tottenham next season. Therefore, personal terms are not expected to be a problem.

With that in mind, Lenglet is definitely a player for Tottenham fans to keep an eye out for over the next week or so, with a return to the London club looking increasingly likely.

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