Barcelona is currently focusing heavily on player departures, and defender Clement Lenglet is one player who will undoubtedly be let go.
The parties concerned are in the closing stages of discussions for a permanent transfer of the 28-year-old defender, who spent the previous season on loan at Tottenham Hotspur.
The club president Joan Laporta, who acknowledged that the team is hopeful to find a solution for the transfer, more-or-less confirmed this.
I believe we’ll come to terms with Tottenham for Lenglet,” he said.
The move is now complete, the only thing left is to settle on the transfer money.
There have been many discussions on this, but if a claim from writer Gerard Romero is to be believed, Tottenham are only willing to pay €10 million in set fees and €5 million in add-ons in comparison to the Blaugrana’s fixed €15 million asking price for the Frenchman.
This indicates a €5 million gap between the two sides, which is the sole reason the move hasn’t been concluded as personal terms aren’t anticipated to be an issue.
It is crucial for Barcelona that Lenglet departs on a long-term basis this summer. The defender’s contract is still in effect with the team through 2026, and if he stayed, he would receive a salary of €16 million for the upcoming season, which Barça cannot now afford.
Tottenham has previously warned Barcelona that they won’t raise the fixed portion of their costs above €10 million as of right now, mostly because they will also be paying the player’s salary.
The pricing structure is still under discussion, and the €5 million in add-ons that are being given are contingent upon the individual performances.
The player, who wants to join Tottenham, is currently enjoying a breath of fresh air after finally receiving some playing time. Now that a transfer cost has been agreed upon, Barcelona can finally put the Lenglet situation behind them.