Friday, 16 November, 2018

Clement Lenglet: Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back and add £265m release clause

Clement Lenglet GETTYClement Lenglet will join Barcelona in the next few days
Cary Erickson | 13 July, 2018, 17:31

Spanish giants Barcelona has confirmed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for a reported fee of €35.9million.

Lenglet, 23, has signed a five-year deal at the Nou Camp after the Spanish champions met his buy-out clause.

But Sevilla held firm, with director of football Caparros and president Jose Castro insisting on numerous occasions they were unwilling to negotiate with Barca, telling them to pay the release clause or forget about Lenglet.

Lenglet is Barca's second signing of the summer after they captured midfielder Arthur Melo.

Lenglet's deal includes a release clause, which stands at €300m (£264m/$350m), and runs until June 30, 2023.

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The French worldwide joined Sevilla from Nancy in January 2017 and scored four goals in 52 games last season.

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The French defender posted impressive performances in La Liga last season and can be added as back up for Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Mina's the favourite to be allowed to go - be that on loan or permanently with a buy-back option - but Paulinho's return to China means Barca no longer need to free up a non-EU spot in the squad.