Sport have now claimed that Tottenham Hotspur remain keen on signing Clement Lenglet permanently this summer and are open to paying a reasonable price for the centre-back.
Some contradictory reports have emerged over the last month from various Spanish sources about Lenglet’s future and whether he is likely to stay at Tottenham beyond the end of the season.
The print edition of Marca (via Sport Witness) claimed on April 14 that Barca ‘will try to get Tottenham’ to buy the 27-year-old this summer as Xavi Hernandez already has enough options at centre-back.
This was followed not too long after by an update from Mundo Deportivo, which suggested that Spurs could try to extend the Frenchman’s loan spell by another 12 months.
However, earlier this week, journalist Gerard Romero said on Twitch (May 3) that while the North London club were initially close to striking a deal worth €12m (£10.5m) for Lenglet, the status of that deal is no longer clear.
Sport have now asserted that the former Sevilla man is expected to be one of the first players offloaded by Barcelona this summer.
He explains that Tottenham view signing Lenglet permanently as a ‘priority’ and are prepared to pay a ‘reasonable price’ for the player but the report does not specify what such a fee would be.
Spurs Web Opinion
I cannot see Tottenham making a decision one way or the other on Lenglet until they confirm a new head coach.
The decision might ultimately come down to whether Conte’s replacement prefers playing with a back three (in which case Lenglet might have a future at the club) or a back four.
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