Tottenham Hotspur Close In on Loan Deal for French International Defender

Clement Lenglet

According to Lyall Thomas of Sky Sports, French international and Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet is close to joining Tottenham Hotspur on loan.

The French defender is surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou, with Antonio Conte focused on signing Lenglet as soon as possible. Fabrizio Romano has reported that both clubs are nearing an agreement for the French international.

Clement Lenglet: French Defender Set to Join Tottenham Hotspur on Loan

Lenglet to Bolster Tottenham Hotspur Squad

With Champions League football on the horizon at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, the club are focused on adding to the strength in depth of Conte’s squad to cope with the increased games.

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The 27-year-old is contracted at Camp Nou until 2026 but has fallen out of favour with Xavi. The Barcelona manager wants the Frenchman to leave to balance the books. Despite the Catalan giants being willing to part with the central defender, they face competition from Roma to sign the centre-back on loan. The departure of Lenglet would help the Barcelona hierarchy meet financial fair play demands.

Despite the interest from Italy, Tottenham hold the advantage with Champions League football on offer. Lenglet has yet to decide his next move, but Conte has identified the French defender as a priority.

Xavi is looking to rebuild the defence at the Camp Nou, and base it around ex-Chelsea player Andreas Christensen and Ronald Araujo, making the Frenchman expendable.

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Despite the move to Barcelona not working out, Lenglet is still a defender that has plenty to offer. He’s not afraid to put his body on the line, whether that’s to block shots, get his head on crosses or make those last-ditch tackles making his style of play perfect for the Premier League.

He is comfortable on the ball, and his passing would be a vital tool for Tottenham Hotspur. Lenglet is not blessed with great acceleration, but his tackling is superb so it will be vital for Conte to pair him with the right centre-back partner.