Moises Llorens has dropped an update on the future of reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Clement Lenglet.
In a recent post on Twitter, the ESPN journalist revealed that, following numerous reports linking Spurs with a move for the Barcelona centre-back, Antonio Conte is indeed interested in a loan deal for the 27-year-old in the summer transfer window.
The Spaniard went on to suggest that the two clubs will continue talks concerning the France international’s proposed switch to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the coming days, although it is unclear as to whether the defender will be willing to leave Camp Nou this summer.
In his tweet, Llorens said: “Tottenham value Lenglet on loan. Conte wants to reinforce his defence and the Frenchman is a candidate, although Lenglet doubts. There will be talk in the next days between the two. Go to the World Cup, the player’s dream.”
With it being reported that one of Conte’s priority targets in the summer transfer window is the signing of a new left-footed centre-back, Llorens’ claim that Fabio Paratici is set to continue talks over a deal to bring Lenglet to north London in the coming days is sure to have left the 52-year-old buzzing.
While it is true that the £26m-rated Frenchman is not exactly a long-term solution in the position, especially when compared to the potential signing of Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni – who was reported to be the Italian’s first-choice this summer – it is undeniable that the 27-year-old would still very much meet Conte’s requirements.
Indeed, according to FBRef, the £170k-per-week left-footer ranks in the top 1% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for passes attempted per 90, in addition to the top 1% for progressive passes, and progressive carries, the top 18% for passes completed and the top 6% for assists over the last 365 days.
The defender also ranks in the top 15% for pressures per 90, as well as the top 39% for tackles and the top 43% for aerial duels won over the past 12 months.
As such, should Lenglet be able to continue this output following a potential summer switch to Spurs, it would very much appear as if the former Sevilla defender would make an excellent addition to Conte’s current options at the back. We believe that Llorens’ latest update is undoubtedly good news for the Italian manager and Tottenham.