Clement Lenglet is one of Tottenham Hotspur’s targets this January, according to emerging reports in Spain…
Journalist Gerard Moreno revealed to his Twitch.tv channel earlier this week that Spurs are set to revisit their interest in the Barcelona centre-back next month and that Antonio Conte “wants” to sign him.
“Tottenham back to the charge for Lenglet in the winter market. The player did not want to go to England in the summer and rejected the Spurs offer,” he added.
It remains to be seen how much the Frenchman would command, especially halfway through the season, though CIES Football Observatory currently value him at around €50m (£45m).
At just 26, with experience on the biggest stage, Lenglet could be quite the perfect signing for Conte at Spurs.
Not only does he have 15 caps for France to his name but he has also racked up nearly 200 appearances across the Spanish top-flight and the Champions League, also winning the LaLiga title back in 2018/19.
Last term, he proved to be an excellent ball-playing defender as he registered a 92.1% passing accuracy from an average of 69.2 attempts per outing, something that will have undoubtedly caught Conte’s eye as he looks for that third centre-back for his system in north London.
He’d be getting a solid option alongside an aggressive tackler in Cristian Romero, so he could look to partner him as a ‘quarter-back’, next to a similar player in Eric Dier.
Speaking about Lenglet’s qualities in 2019, France boss Didier Deschamps claimed: “He’s a top player. He’s got good technique, and despite his size, he’s not bothered by individual duels. He’s a player who’s improving every day.”
With Conte in desperate need to find another defensive option, it would make sense to launch a move for the 6 foot 1 colossus. After Dier’s recent resurgence in form, just imagine the pair at the back for the Lilywhites heading into the second half of the season.
Lenglet could be exactly what the Italian needs to fire the north Londoners back into the top four.