French defender Lenglet signs for Barcelona

Annette Crawford
July 13, 2018

Barcelona have signed defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla.

The Spanish giants were reportedly hoping to pay the fee in instalments, but Sevilla have apparently made it clear they would not enter into talks with Barca.

The move is reported to have cost the Nou Camp outfit €35m in a five-year deal after spending just 18 months in Spain following his arrival from Nancy in 2017.

However, Sevilla were unequivocal in their stance and both president Jose Castro and director of football Joaquin Caparros said there would be no deal with the Catalan club.

The French global joined Sevilla from Nancy in January 2017 and scored four goals in 52 games last season.

Lenglet is Barca's second signing of the summer after they captured midfielder Arthur Melo.

La Blaugrana paid Lenglet's full €35m release clause after failing to negotiate a lower fee for the France worldwide.

Manchester United were also credited with an interest in securing his signature, but Lenglet has opted to stay in La Liga with Barca.

The deal means Barca now have five centre backs on their books, with Lenglet joining Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti, Yerry Mina and Thomas Vermaelen.

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