Earlier today, we covered claims from the Catalan media which stated Tottenham Hotspur and AS Roma are in the picture to sign Clement Lenglet from Barcelona.

The report explained Jose Mourinho’s side would have an advantage as they’d be prepared to negotiate a permanent transfer for the defender, whereas Spurs would prefer a loan with a buying option.

That felt questionable. Serie A clubs love a loan deal, and that route made the most sense for Roma and the Frenchman.

In turns out that Roma haven’t been aware of their desire to sign Lenglet on a permanent transfer, with Corriere dello Sport saying they’d only consider a loan.

Given all of this, Sport have a fresh article which claims Tottenham are ‘now the firm candidate’ to sign the player. Barcelona are focusing on sending him to Spurs, and the Premier League club’s chances are talked up.

Lenglet’s agent is now working on a transfer, and it’s expected Antonio Conte will speak to the 27-year-old to explain his potential position within Tottenham’s squad.

Spurs ‘hope to be able to formalise an agreement in the coming days’. The move would be a loan, and Lenglet would be expected to accept a lower salary than he currently earns at Barcelona.