Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to bring Clement Lenglet to the Premier League this summer.
That’s according to a recent report by The Times, who claim that Barcelona have now offered Antonio Conte the chance to sign the centre-back on loan, with Xavi deeming the 26-year-old surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou.
However, the report goes on to state that the France international’s £170k-per-week salary could be an issue for Spurs, as the Premier League side have a strict wage structure in place at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
While it is true that, following Xavi’s appointment as Barcelona head coach last year, Lenglet has become something of a bit-part player for the Catalan club, the defender’s metrics over the past 12 months would very much suggest that the 26-year-old could prove to be an extremely astute signing for Fabio Paratici to get over the line this summer.
Indeed, according to FBref data, the £26m-rated talent ranks in the top 1% of centre-backs in Europe’s big five leagues for passes attempted per 90, as well as the top 1% for progressive passes, the top 1% for progressive carries, the top 18% for passes completed, the top 6% for assists and the top 10% for xA over the last 365 days.
Furthermore, the Frenchman who Andrew Gaffney dubbed a “special talent” also ranks in the top 15% for pressures per 90, in addition to the top 39% for tackles, the top 43% for aerial duels won, the top 20% for npxG+xA and the top 24% for progressive passes received over the last 12 months.
These metrics see FBref compare the 15-time capped international to some of the most prestigious centre-backs currently playing the game, the most eye-catching of which is well-reported Tottenham transfer target, Alessandro Bastoni.
As such, while missing out on a move for Bastoni this summer will undoubtedly have come as a gutting blow to Conte, should Paratici manage to get a deal over the line for Lenglet, it would appear the Italian could well have landed one of the best possible alternatives to the Inter Milan starlet.