Mundo Deportivo reported on July 11th that Barcelona are set to complete another signing ‘between today and tomorrow’ in Clement Lenglet.
The La Liga winners have already sealed the deal for Arthur, who was their first summer signing. The Sevilla defender is set to become the Blaugrana’s second signing of the transfer window, but he could have ended up at Manchester United.
Lenglet has a release clause of €35m in his contract at the Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán. Today’s edition of Catalan newspaper Sport claims Barcelona have already paid the player’s buyout clause and the 23-year-old will be presented as the new player at Camp Nou in the ‘next few days’.
Ernesto Valverde’s side were trying to convince Sevilla to accept Lenglet’s fee in instalments. However, the Andalusian club’s reluctance in agreeing to these terms forced Barcelona to pay the release clause in one go.
The Spanish champions have already deposited €35m in the offices of the Professional Football League, which has been confirmed to Sport by people close to Lenglet. Only the official confirmation is now missing.
Sport claims Lenglet had a more ‘attractive’ offer from Manchester United, but the centre-back decided to join Barcelona this summer. Is thsi true or just some Catalan PR? That’s in the eye of the beholder.