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Everton: Rafa Benitez keen on Clement Lenglet

An update has emerged on Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet, regarding Everton’s interest in his services.

What’s the talk?

According to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Everton boss Rafa Benitez has told the club to pursue a deal for Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet as he attempts to bolster his defensive unit ahead of next season following his move to Merseyside.

The report claims that the Spaniard has been unimpressed by Yerry Mina, for club and country, and wants to replace him before the end of the transfer window. Lenglet is his ideal replacement for the Colombian international and Barcelona are said to value him at €20m (£17m).

Should Everton sign Lenglet?

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Bye-bye Mina

It appears as though it is time to say bye-bye to Mina with Benitez not rating the centre-back.

The giant has not shown enough to convince the ex-Newcastle coach that he has what it takes to play for his side, which means that the club should now be looking to move him on in the coming weeks, unless Benitez is happy for him to be a back-up option in case of injury or suspension.

With Lenglet, Everton could be landing the dream replacement for him. The France international did not enjoy the best of seasons in a disrupted Barcelona side in the 2020/21 campaign, but has previously shown his quality at the very top level.

He averaged a steady WhoScored rating of 6.90 in 28 La Liga starts during the 2019/20 season, whilst he recorded a phenomenal score of 7.38 in a World Cup qualifier for his country earlier this year.

France national team manager Didier Deschamps once hailed Lenglet as an “effective” defender who has technical quality on the ball.

He began: “He had a great season with Barca.

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“He has a lot of serenity, assurance and technical ease. He’s calm on the ball. Without being very big, he is also effective in duels and knows how to anticipate. He’s still improving but he gives off a lot of confidence.”

This shows that the 26-year-old beast has the ability to play at the top level for Barcelona and France, but has fallen off slightly in the past 12 months or so. Everton could reignite his career and land themselves a bargain by bringing him in for £17m to bolster their squad, potentially to play alongside Michael Keane and Ben Godfrey as part of a back three.

Deschamps also pointed out Lenglet’s quality in possession of the ball. He has achieved a pass completion rate of 92% in each of the last two seasons for Barcelona, showing that he has the technique and poise to play out from the back effectively.

This means that he could help Benitez defensively and offensively, as his ball-playing skills could start attacks and aid Everton’s transition play in the Premier League.

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