Barcelona complete €36m Lenglet capture from Sevilla

Paola Ditto
Luglio 12, 2018

Barcelona have confirmed the signing of French defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla.

The 23-year-old joins a growing French contingent at Camp Nou, including forward Ousmane Dembele, and defenders Lucas Digne and Samuel Umtiti.

After joining Sevilla from Nantes for €3.5m in January of 2017, Lenglet impressed in La Liga and the Champions League last season, his first full season in Spanish football.

Lenglet, 23, had always been identified as a target for Barca, with reports linking them with a move for much of the 2017-18 season.

Manchester United were also credited with an interest in securing his signature, but Lenglet has opted to stay in La Liga with Barca.

Barca reportedly stepped up their pursuit upon the conclusion of last season and were said to be eager to avoid paying Lenglet's release clause, which was rumoured to be in the region of €35million.

Manager Ernesto Valverde will likely use France youth worldwide Lenglet alongside Thomas Vermaelen as back-ups for starting centre-back duo Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Mina's the favourite to be allowed to go - be that on loan or permanently with a buy-back option - but Paulinho's return to China means Barca no longer need to free up a non-EU spot in the squad.

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