News news news! The latest comes as part of Tottenham Hotspur’s attempts to secure a left sided, left footed central defender, and it looks like it’s going to be Barcelona’s Clement Lenglet on a season-long loan. We’re still waiting for official confirmation, but according to Fabrizio Romano, it’s coming, and no later than Tuesday.
Tottenham have now reached full agreement with Clément Lenglet on personal terms. He’s happy to join Spurs with Antonio Conte pushing to have him. ⚪️ #THFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 1, 2022
Tottenham and Barcelona are still in direct contact to resolve final details of the loan deal, then… here we go, soon. pic.twitter.com/CEGCXfltUd
Apparently there are still some details to iron out, specifically regarding whether there will be an option to purchase or not. There’s been conflicting information on what that means, but it sounds as though the details are still being worked out, at least according to Matteo Moretto.
Lenglet-Tottenham. El francés tiene permiso para viajar a Londres ESTE fin de semana. Posiblemente mañana. Falta acabar de pulir los últimos detalles entre clubes, como si habrá opción de compra o no. Las partes entienden que se cerrará pronto. @tjuanmarti @relevo— Matteo Moretto (@MatteMoretto) July 1, 2022
Lenglet-Tottenham. The Frenchman has permission to travel to London THIS weekend. Probably tomorrow. They still have to finish polishing the last details between the clubs, afor example if there will be a purchase option or not. Both parties understand that it will happen soon.
Previous reporting had suggested that Lenglet’s purchase option would be a staggeringly low £5m, which seems stupid even for a terribly run and financially insolvent club like Barcelona. More likely the £5 (or €5m? it’s unclear) is the loan fee, with the purchase option still being negotiated.
Spanish daily Sport is reporting that Lenglet was convinced to come to Spurs after a direct conversation with first team coach Antonio Conte, who said he’d be a big part of his plans next season. It was also implied that Tottenham would cover Lenglet’s wages, but only up to a certain point and that he’d likely need to take a pay cut. A quick google suggests that Lenglet makes about £100k/week post-tax wages at Barca; it’s unclear what he’d make at Spurs or what it means, but it’s unlikely to be out of their price range.
There’s a lot of Spurs fans down on this signing, but as I’ve mentioned before, Lenglet’s career path follows the trajectory of a player who trailed off at Barca, but who might be rejuvenated with a change of scenery under a top coach. It feels like a low risk, high reward kind of loan, one that saves Spurs a bunch of money in the short term and might allow them to break the piggy bank on someone REALLY fun.