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Tottenham and Barcelona back in talks for €15m-rated defender

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Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona back in talks for Clement Lenglet

Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona are apparently back in negotiations for Clement Lenglet. And it seems an agreement could be near with clubs eager to seal a deal before the 8th August Joan Gamper Trophy final clash in Spain.

According to SPORT, the French centre-back is valued at €15million by the Catalan giants. But that is a fee Spurs aren’t willing to pay.

There are positive signs for Spurs that the transfer will take place. Firstly, Barcelona are eager to sell Lenglet and get his wages off their books.

Presnel Kimpembe (L) jokes with France's Clement Lenglet during a training session.
Presnel Kimpembe (L) jokes with France’s Clement Lenglet during a training session. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Secondly, the former Sevilla player is also keen to join the north London outfit. One can understand why, given the competition at Barcelona for a starting berth.

Lenglet to Spurs?

Xavi Hernandez has Ronald Araujo, Jules Kounde, Andreas Christensen, Marcos Alonso and Inigo Martinez as first-team options at centre-back. At Spurs, Cristian Romero can be termed as our only fixed first-team centre-back.

Eric Dier also makes a case to be included in that category but he hasn’t been extraordinary and we can still upgrade on him. Lenglet may not be the answer if we want a player who can play that Virgil van Dijk/Giorgio Chiellini role for us — a leader who is a pinned starter in the team.

But he will add useful depth at the back and will be a left-footed centre-back who can play as a left-sided centre-back if Mauricio Pochettino wants to ever use a three-man backline.

He has experience playing for France and Barcelona and at 28 years old, he is at an age where he still has a lot to offer. Barca’s asking price could be deemed a bit high considering they have no need for him.

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But it isn’t overly exorbitant. If we can reach a compromise and reach a seven-digit figure in transfer fees, then signing Lenglet should be a no-brainer for us.

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