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Tottenham Hotspur 'agree loan deal for Barcelona's Clement Lenglet'

Tottenham 'agree loan deal for Clement Lenglet'
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Tottenham Hotspur agree a deal to sign Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet on loan for the 2022-23 season, according to a report.

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly reached an agreement to sign Barcelona centre-back Clement Lenglet on loan for the 2022-23 season.

The 27-year-old has only enjoyed a bit-part role at Camp Nou since Xavi's arrival and has been widely expected to leave the Catalan giants this summer.

However, Lenglet still has four years left to run on his Barcelona contract, meaning that the club are under no pressure to sell for a cut-price fee.

La Blaugrana are still keen to cut Lenglet from their wage bill amid their precarious financial situation, with Eric Garcia, Gerard Pique and Ronald Araujo all ahead of him in the pecking order.

The arrival of Andreas Christensen will also see Lenglet's game time restricted further, and the France international is apparently set for a temporary switch to the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte pictured on May 12, 2022© Reuters

According to Gianluca Di Marzio, Tottenham and Barcelona have struck a deal for Lenglet, who will arrive in North London on a straight loan deal with no option or obligation to buy.

Di Marzio adds that the former Sevilla man will soon arrive in North London to finalise his move, and he is eagerly anticipating a deal going through, although the centre-back's salary is yet to be sorted out.

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy and Barcelona president Joan Laporta are said to have held positive discussions over a deal for Lenglet, and the two clubs will aim to thrash out the final details on Thursday.

Lenglet arrived at Barcelona in a £32m move from Sevilla in the summer of 2018, and the Frenchman has since scored seven goals and set up three more in 159 appearances for the Catalan club in all tournaments.

Lenglet has won La Liga, the Copa del Rey and the Supercopa de Espana at Camp Nou, but he only started seven top-flight matches in the 2021-22 season and prepares to compete with the likes of Eric Dier, Cristian Romero and Ben Davies at Tottenham.

Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet pictured in December 2020© Reuters

Spurs could still attempt to sign another centre-back on a permanent basis before the window shuts, but Antonio Conte's side are instead set to spend big to improve their attacking ranks.

A move for Everton striker Richarlison is supposedly nearing completion, with the 25-year-old understood to have agreed personal terms with Tottenham, who want a deal wrapped up by Friday.

Spurs have already signed Yves Bissouma, Fraser Forster and Ivan Perisic this summer, and Conte is said to be seeking at least six new additions ahead of his team's return to the Champions League.

Cameron Carter-Vickers has been Tottenham's only permanent departure so far this summer, but Harry Winks, Joe Rodon, Steven Bergwijn, Tanguy Ndombele and Emerson Royal could all leave in the coming weeks.

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