The anticipated transfer of Clément Lenglet from FC Barcelona to Tottenham Hotspur has hit a stumbling block. Despite initial expectations, Barcelona has rejected Spurs’ offer of €5 million for the defender, as they seek a higher price for the player.
The completion of Clément Lenglet’s transfer to Tottenham was scheduled to take place in recent days. However, FC Barcelona has proven to be more demanding than anticipated.
According to RMC Sport, the Catalan club turned down Spurs’ offer of €5 million. This response comes as no surprise since Barcelona acquired Lenglet for €36 million in 2018 and aims to sell him at a higher price.
Barcelona’s Expectations for Clément Lenglet’s Transfer
Barcelona President Joan Laporta acknowledges that selling Lenglet at the original purchase price is unlikely. While the defender has featured in 34 games this season, contributing with a goal and two assists, his performance hasn’t met the desired level at Spurs.
Consequently, Tottenham opted not to exercise their purchase option, which was set at over €10 million. However, Tottenham remains keen to secure Lenglet’s services at a more favourable price.
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FC Barcelona’s Asking Price: €10 Million
In light of the disagreement with Tottenham over Clément Lenglet’s transfer, FC Barcelona is reportedly willing to make a financial compromise. Sport reports that Barcelona, in need of funds to alleviate their debts, has set the price for the 28-year-old defender at €10 million.
The Blaugrana hope that Tottenham will agree to meet this valuation and proceed with the purchase. They are opposed to the idea of another loan deal, according to reliable sources.
With FC Barcelona demanding a higher bid, the transfer of Clément Lenglet to Tottenham Hotspur hangs in the balance. The Catalan club is keen to recoup a significant portion of their initial investment in the defender.
Meanwhile, Barcelona is eyeing potential funds for future transfers, including the potential acquisition of Real Valladolid’s promising right-back, Ivan Fresneda. The ball is now in Tottenham’s court as they decide whether to meet Barcelona’s asking price and expedite the Catalan club’s summer transfer plans.