The Blaugrana are reportedly willing to pay the release clause of the French defender signed by the current Roma sporting director Monchi when he was at Sevilla FC.
Barcelona is tired of waiting to find an agreement with Sevilla FC for the talented centre-back Clement Lenglet. The player was brought to Spain by Monchi on January 4, 2017, paying a €5.4 million fee to the French side AS Nancy.
The 23-year-old from Beauvais made 54 appearances at Sevilla FC scoring 4 goals and 1 assist. In the 2017-18 campaign, Lenglet collected 4,693 minutes.
Roma has been chasing the player for a while. Monchi was thinking about the French defender also due to Manolas‘ possible departure this summer. Even if the Greek defender has sworn not to betray his current club, the strategies in the transfer market are endless.
Monchi knows the qualities of Clement Lenglet, a player with a release clause that can be triggered to bring him away from Sevilla. According to the Spanish outlet ‘La Jugada Financiera’, Barcelona is poised to pay Lenglet’s €35 million release clause because Sevilla FC is now willing to negotiate a different deal as stated by the sporting director Joaquín Caparrós.
“We are not going to sell him. Barcelona is interested in negotiating the player but we are not willing to talk with them about this possibility. If the release clause will be paid it is something different and the player can leave,” Caparrós said. “Nowadays, the player is with us. He underwent medical examinations and tomorrow he will be training with the team.”
Barcelona and Roma are still chasing Clement Lenglet but the Blaugrana lead the race and could sign the player soon.