Barcelona are open to selling Clement Lenglet to Bayern Munich and Aston Villa are unlikely to provide any obstacles to the deal.

That’s according to Sport, who say the defender can become and ‘unexpected new source of income’ for the Catalans as Bayern look to do a deal in January.

They explain that Lenglet is one of the options being explored by Bayern ahead of the winter window as they look to bolster their defence.

Barcelona are open to doing a deal but have made it clear they will only sell Lenglet permanently, not loan him out again as they did with Aston Villa. They would call him back from that loan and then sell for at least €10m.

Bayern are open to a deal as those in charge think the defender could be a ‘good market option’ and, more important, available as he is not featuring for Aston Villa.

So far this season he is yet to feature in the Premier League and is only playing in the Conference League, largely thanks to Pau Torres’ consistent high-level performances.

The defender is not comfortable with the situation and wants to leave in January and the emergence of Bayern could help speed that up. He would make it a priority to go to Bayern so long as an agreement was struck between the relevant parties.

In principle, Aston Villa ‘should not cause any problems’. In other words, Barcelona believe they will allow Lenglet to be recalled and then sold with little fuss.

Whether that’s actually the case remains to be seen but it seems at Barcelona at least they are excited at the opportunity of making money from a potential sale.