Tottenham Hotspur are closing in on their fifth signing of the summer transfer window…
“Tottenham are set to sign Clément Lenglet from Barcelona, here we go! Loan deal agreed, valid until June 2023 – Lenglet already accepted last week, personal terms agreed,” he tweeted.
The transfer guru then provided further details about the deal in another update on Twitter, where he claimed:
“Loan move to Tottenham done, no buy option clause included; Officially he’ll be back at Barça in June 2023, as things stand; Tottenham will pay a loan fee and part of the salary; [Antonio] Conte already called Lenglet.”
The Frenchman becomes the Lilywhites’ fifth signing of the summer, having signed Ivan Perisic (free from Inter Milan), Fraser Forster (free from Southampton), Yves Bissouma (£25m from Brighton and Hove Albion) and Richarlison (£60m from Everton) so far.
Conte was keen to bolster his backline with the addition of a left-footed centre-back and whilst it’s not his former gem Alessandro Bastoni, it is still a solid solution and as we’ve seen with the initial loan moves of Cristian Romero and Dejan Kulusevski, it is a pretty risk-free deal.
The 27-year-old colossus, who stands at 6 foot 1, has fallen out of favour at the Nou Camp since the LaLiga outfit activated his €35m (£30m) release clause from Sevilla.
Last season, he managed only 724 minutes of league action but over the course of his career, he has racked up plenty of experience, having registered nearly 200 appearances across the Spanish top-flight and the Champions League.
The £10.8m-rated defender has averaged 1.7 tackles, 1.2 interceptions and an 87.8% passing accuracy over his career to date, via WhoScored, making him a very solid and reliable option at the back and ultimately, one that fits Conte and his system immensely.
As such, the Italian head coach is surely buzzing to get this one over the line at long last, just in time for their pre-season trip to South Korea on Saturday.
AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano: Spurs plot another swoop after Lenglet…