Tottenham Hotspur have been named as a possible touchdown spot for Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet as Xavi’s facet work to dump him this summer time.
Who will Spurs signal?
The Lilywhites are reliably believed to be chasing a brand new central defensive star or two, coming after they conceded extra objectives than another prime flight facet above fifteenth final season.
Spurs leaked a fairly terrible 63 league objectives over 2022/2023, backing the plain want for defensive cowl, and there have been no scarcity of star man linked with a transfer to north London.
Ange Postecoglou has highlighted the necessity for signings in that space of the park, and has lately admitted that Tottenham are engaged on it behind-the-scenes.
“That is positively our intention, completely,” said the Spurs head coach.
“We have been engaged on it for some time and we’ll positively attempt to get it achieved as shortly as attainable.
“I do not assume it is any secret about a few of the areas we wanted to strengthen. A few of it I recognized early on. The goalkeeper was one and central defence is one other.
“By way of the opposite boys, we have got an enormous squad however my view is I wished to carry them alongside and simply work with them, get some readability in my head and provides readability to them.”
Lenglet, who spent final marketing campaign on a season-long mortgage at Spurs, is among the defenders who may nicely are available in to bolster Postecoglou’s choices.
The Frenchman stands in elite firm, with Wolfsburg’s Micky van de Ven, Edmond Tapsoba of Bayer Leverkusen, Fulham’s Tosin Adarabioyo, Galatasary’s Victor Nelsson and Juventus defender Gleison Bremer all linked too.
Rumoured to be on round £204,000-per-week, Barca are keen to dump Lenglet and clear up their wage invoice, with the 28-year-old being largely relegated to the bench throughout their pre-season tour.
Lenglet’s future, in consequence, “appears far” from the Camp Nou. That’s based on journalist Jordi Battle, who writes an replace on Tottenham’s pursuit of the previous Sevilla star.
Battle, sharing information for Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, says Barca are “working to launch” central defender and Tottenham “may be the vacation spot” for him.
Nonetheless, there may be apparently nonetheless work to do, because the proposals which have arrived at Barca’s door have not been convincing sufficient but.
How good is Clement Lenglet?
The ex-Lilywhites ace featured commonly throughout his 22/23 mortgage spell, beneath a trio of various managers in Antonio Conte, Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason.
Lenglet is an adept ball-playing defender, having averaged a noteworthy 87.5% passing accuracy for Spurs final season, with solely Cristian Romero managing a better quantity (WhoScored).
Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, talking to the press after Tottenham signed Lenglet final summer time, was effusive in his reward.
““He is a contemporary defender,” said Lloris.
“Comfy to have the ability to play from the again. He has an incredible left foot and might be very robust in a single v one and he is robust within the air.
“Even when it is by no means straightforward once you arrive within the Premier League and he must adapt to the depth of the video games however he’s a excessive stage participant, with expertise.”