As per a report from Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona have secured an agreement with Sevilla star Clement Lenglet over a summer move to the club.
Lenglet, a 22-year-old central defender, has been on the books of Sevilla since January of last year, when he made the move to Andalusia from French outfit Nancy for 5 million Euro.
In hindsight, the move has proven an absolute masterstroke on the part of Sevilla, with Lenglet having emerged as one of the Spanish top-flight’s most impressive stoppers to this point in the campaign.
The French youth international has appeared in 34 of his side’s 37 La Liga fixtures (32 starts), notching 3 goals and 1 assist in the process, as well as proving a key factor in the club’s surprise run to the quarter-finals of this season’s Champions League.
Unsurprisingly, Lenglet’s stellar showings for Sevilla have led to links between the no-nonsense stopper and some of European football’s biggest clubs, with Barcelona the side most persistently touted as a potential destination.
The Blaugrana are thought to be on the lookout for central defensive reinforcements this summer, with Yerry Mina having so far struggled to impress following his arrival from Palmeiras in January, Samuel Umtiti being persistently linked with an exit from the Camp Nou, and Gerard Pique entering the twilight of his career.
As such, Lenglet, with his youth and room for growth, is reportedly viewed by the board at the Camp Nou as the ideal defensive signing this summer.
And, as per the aformentioned report from Mundo Deportivo, Barca have taken big strides forward in their pursuit of the French stopper over the last couple of days, with the La Liga champions said to have agreed a deal with Lenglet and his representatives over a switch to Catalunya at the end of the season.
As such, the Blaugrana now need to find an agreement Sevilla, though reports in Spain are also mounting that the Catalan outfit will simply activate Lenglet’s 35 million Euro release clause over the coming weeks, rendering Sevilla helpless and ensuring that one of world football’s brightest young defenders is plying his trade at the Camp Nou next season.