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Report: Tottenham and Barcelona in discussions over Clement Lenglet, Gio Lo Celso


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Remember that time a million years ago and also yesterday when Tottenham publicly announced that Clement Lenglet was leaving the club at the conclusion of his loan? That sure was a thing that happened, but apparently it doesn’t mean that he won’t still be a Spurs player next season. There are reports in the Spanish media (and also Fabrizio Romano) who claim that Spurs are in talks with Barcelona over a potential permanent transfer.

Huh. Here’s Toni Juanmartí with the news.

Basically the gist is that, after making 35 appearances for Spurs this past season, Tottenham are strongly considering making a bid for him, and that Barca would take as little as €10-12m for him. It seems I was incorrect in my assertion yesterday that Lenglet’s loan had a purchase option — it was apparently a straight loan, and I guess that explains Tottenham’s official posting that the player was returning to Barca.

Romano, meanwhile, agrees with Juanmartí that the clubs are in talks over Lenglet, but says Clement is one of a few options they’re looking at and nothing has been decided.

Lenglet didn’t exactly set the world on fire during his appearances, but he was stable enough as a LCB in a back three. He’s pretty good with the ball at his feet so I can squint and make an argument that he could be decent in an Ange Postecoglou system. Barcelona clearly want to get rid of him, and if the €10-12m price (£8.5-10m) is anything close to correct, that’s a pretty darned good deal for a depth CB with a year of Premier League experience under his belt.

And that bit about Giovani Lo Celso is also interesting, as he’s apparently liked by Barca manager Xavi. I don’t have strong feelings about where Gio goes if he doesn’t get a shot under Ange Postecoglou, but like all outgoing transfers I’d prefer he move somewhere where we don’t have to potentially play against him 2-3 times a season. So Spain? Sure, fine. It doesn’t appear as though much is advanced with Gio at this stage, however, so let’s put that one on ice for now.