Clement Lenglet completes €35m move from Sevilla

Jose Verdugo
Julio 12, 2018

Barcelona have signed Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet for 35.9 million euros (£32m) and put a 300 million euro (£265m) release clause on him.

The 23-year-old, who is yet to be capped by France at senior level, has agreed a five-year contract at the Nou Camp.

However, Sevilla were unequivocal in their stance and both president Jose Castro and director of football Joaquin Caparros said there would be no deal with the Catalan club.

Lenglet made 73 appearances in all competitions across one-and-a-half seasons with Sevilla after joining from French club AS Nancy in January 2017.

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The defender becomes Barcelona's second new signing in the space of two days after Brazilian midfielder Arthur joined from Gremio.

Barca reportedly stepped up their pursuit upon the conclusion of last season and were said to be eager to avoid paying Lenglet's release clause, which was rumoured to be in the region of €35million.

Manchester United were also credited with an interest in securing his signature, but Lenglet has opted to stay in La Liga with Barca.

He becomes the fifth centre-back in Barca's first-team squad, but Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Yerry Mina have all been the subjects of transfer speculation.

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