Seville’s French defender Clement Lenglet moves to FC Barcelona in a 36 million euros deal
Sevilla has become pretty much the fodder club to FC Barcelona in the recent past, with as many as four players going on to play for Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The trend started with their skipper Ivan Rakitic moving to Camp Nou for a meager amount in the range of 25 million.
Further, right-wing back Aleix Vidal moved to Barcelona in a similar deal. Now their centre-back and pretty much a solid rock at the back, Clement Lenglet has signed a five-year contract at Camp Nou.
Ernesto Valverde’s side have acquired the French defender by paying his €35.9 million (£31.7m/$41.9m) release clause. At Camp Nou, for Barcelona, there is umpteen number of options at the back with Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Yerry Mina, Marlon Santos, Thomas Vermaelen and now Lenglet.
A plethora of defensive option:
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What the 2017-18 La Liga winners have done, is they have set the buyout clause of the defender to a high 300 million euros, which makes him a tough pry to catch away from Camp Nou in the next year or so.
The deal between Sevilla and Barcelona has been a stretched issue for the past few months, and was a worrying sign for Ernesto Valverde, with Barcelona’s prime interest in the player. Lenglet became one of Europe’s most sought-after defenders at Sevilla, following his arrival from Ligue 1 side Nancy in January 2017.
With the French defender, Barcelona have completed their second purchase this summer, after Arthur arrived for 40 million euros from the Brazilian club Gremio earlier in this summer.
“The player will sign a contract with the Club for the next five seasons until 30 June 2023, with a buy out clause valued at 300 million euros.” read the club statement after the signing of the French defender.
Further, the defender would be presented to the Camp Nou fans on the 13th of July, two days after Arthur was unveiled as a Barcelona player at the Camp Nou.