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Spurs close in on Clement Lenglet after Richarlison

Tottenham Hotspur appear to be closing in on their fifth signing of the summer transfer window after they announced the arrival of Richarlison on Friday morning…

What’s the word?

The Brazilian forward has signed a contract until 2027 following his £50m move from Premier League rivals Everton, and now it appears that Clement Lenglet could be the next to be officially unveiled.

That’s according to CBS Sports reporter Ben Jacobs, who delivered his thoughts to GIVEMESPORT this week.

He said: “Lenglet is looking the most likely, especially because Barcelona want to move him on very quickly so they can make space for [Andreas] Christensen.

“At the moment, I think Lenglet is very, very close and Tottenham are very confident of announcing that one soon.”

Fifth summer signing?

Finding a new central defender, in particular a left-sided one, has been something of a priority for the Lilywhites this off-season.

Is Lenglet a good signing for Spurs?

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And whilst the Barcelona man is not exactly a name as exciting as a Josko Gvardiol or an Alessandro Bastoni, he does fill a major gap in Antonio Conte’s first-team squad heading into a hectic 2022/23 campaign, where Spurs will surely be looking to compete on all fronts after qualifying for the Champions League.

It’s a competition in which the 27-year-old Frenchman has featured 44 times across his time at both the Nou Camp and Sevilla. That sort of experience is something that few at Hotspur Way possess, so he instantly adds something valuable to the squad.

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Valued at £10.8m by Transfermarkt, the 15-time international was only able to play 814 competitive minutes in LaLiga last term, so there will certainly be question marks over whether or not he can make an instant impact in north London.

Despite his lack of game-time, Lenglet ranks amongst the top 1% of his positional peers across Europe’s top five divisions for progressive passes (6.86 per 90), passes attempted (87.89 per 90) and progressive carries (10.03 per 90), as per FBRef.

This makes him a sure-fire fit for Conte’s system, as he can evidently play out from the back and drive the ball forward to huge success. The statistical website also compare his style to Bastoni, who the Italian managed at Inter Milan on their way to the Serie A title in 2020/21.

Therefore, it seems that the centre-back – who was dubbed a “special talent” by former journalist Andrew Gaffney – would be something of a shrewd addition, even on loan.

His aforementioned credentials will make Conte extremely happy, so he will surely be delighted as a move for Lenglet edges closer and closer.

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