Barcelona star Clement Lenglet could be on the move in the next summer transfer window after dropping the pecking order at the club.
Signed from Sevilla in 2018, the Frenchman enjoyed instant success at Camp Nou and soon replaced compatriot Samuel Umtiti as Gerard Pique’s defensive partner. However, over the past two years, the 26-year-old’s stock has gone down a lot.
Lenglet has hardly played this season for Barca. Of his 24 appearances in all competitions, only five have started in La Liga. The defender is behind Pique, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia in the pecking order under Xavi Hernandez.
And with Barcelona on the verge of signing Andreas Christensen this summer, Lenglet will drop even further in the order of preference. Given the club’s financial situation, a sale would be the best possible outcome for all parties involved.
And according to a report by FilesLenglet has no shortage of suitors ahead of the summer transfer window, with three clubs vying to sign him from Barcelona.
The 26-year-old’s former employers Sevilla are reportedly interested in re-signing him ahead of next season. Los Nervionenses are likely to lose their two frontline defenders in Diego Carlos and Jules Kounde this summer and see Lenglet as a capable replacement.
The France international would fit in well in Julen Lopetegui’s squad and also has previous experience playing for the club.
Apart from Sevilla, two English clubs in the form of Everton and Tottenham Hotspur are also pushing to sign Lenglet this summer.
Everton are looking for defensive reinforcements after struggling at the back throughout the current campaign. Although they have set their sights on the Barcelona ace, any move would hinge on whether they can survive the threat of relegation from the Premier League.
As for Tottenham Hotspur, Antonio Conte is looking for more options in defense with Japhet Tanganga and Joe Rodon out of favor. A left-footed centre-back like Lenglet would appeal to the Italian, who used Ben Davies as a left-back in his three-man backline.
Lenglet’s contract with Barcelona runs until summer 2026. Considering he’s still 26, the club could get a decent fee for his services. It remains to be seen where the Frenchman’s future lies as he prepares to leave Camp Nou.