Gianluca Di Marzio has dropped an update on reported Tottenham Hotspur transfer target Clement Lenglet.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Italian journalist revealed that, following a number of reports linking Fabio Paratici with a move for the Barcelona centre-back this summer, the 27-year-old is now set to sign for Antonio Conte’s side on loan – with a deal between the two clubs having now been completed.
In his tweet, Di Marzio said: “Clement Lenglet set to join Spurs on loan from FC Barcelona. Done deal.”
While it is true that Lenglet was not Conte’s first-choice target for the signing of a new left-sided centre-back this summer, with Tottenham having been heavily linked with both Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol, the news that Spurs look now set to land the France international will nevertheless have left the Italian manager buzzing.
Indeed, while the defender has fallen down the Barcelona pecking order since Xavi’s appointment at the Camp Nou last November – starting just five LaLiga fixtures under the 42-year-old manager – Lenglet’s metrics over the last 365 days very much suggest that he could be something of a perfect fit on the left of Conte’s back three at Tottenham.
According to FBRef data, 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, the top 1% for progressive carries, the top 18% for passes completed, the top 6% for assists, the top 15% for pressures, the top 39% for tackles and the top 43% for aerial duels won over the past 12 months.
As such, while he may not be the long-term prospect many Tottenham supporters would have been hoping for Paratici to land this summer, it would appear as if Lenglet more than possesses the ability to be being the ball-playing centre-back Conte was looking to add to his options at the back ahead of the new Premier League campaign – leading us to believe that Di Marzio’s latest update will have delighted the 52-year-old manager, especially after the club’s earlier capture of Richarlison.