The French centre back has not been in favour for quite some time and it's time to go
Clement Lenglet is one of the players who Barcelona don’t need any more.
With Xavi on the bench, the Frenchman has not had many minutes, and with Ronald Araujo renewing his deal and Andreas Christensen arriving, he will not get more next season either.
Lenglet has not wanted to discuss an exit but in recent days he has appeared more open to a loan move away, which is the most viable way for him to leave without losing any of his salary. Some Premier League and Italian clubs have asked after him and there may be a solution soon.
Lenglet arrived from Sevilla for 35 million euros and quickly nailed a first team spot, with Umtiti out injured all he time.
For Valverde and Koeman, Lenglet was a regular starter but Xavi has leaned more on Pique, Araujo and Eric Garcia.
Barcelona have spoken to his people to see if he would accept being exchanged for another player to make that deal cheaper for the club, but he wants to prove he’s capable of earning a place in the squad and the team.
Lenglet does seem more open to a loan now, with Tottenham, Newcastle, Everton and Arsenal having asked after him. His salary is over 10m euros, a figure which some clubs consider to be too big.
Barcelona’s idea was to sell him for 15m euros or more, but that seems too complicated.
If they can get rid of Lenglet and Umtiti then they will focus on trying to sign Koulibaly from Napoli.
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