BREAKING: Sevilla defender joins Barcelona
Spanish giants Barcelona has confirmed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for a reported fee of €35.9million.
The French international is set to sign a five-year contract with the Catalans. The highly-rated defender had long been identified as a Barca target, with reports linking him with a move for much of last season. The 23-year-old made the switch to Spain in January 2017, leaving Nancy, for whom he was captain – and seamlessly fitting into Jorge Sampaoli's team.
Even after Sampaoli's departure, Lenglet continued to be a mainstay under Eduardo Berizzo, Vincenzo Montella and Joaquin Caparros last term, featuring 35 times in LaLiga.
Barca reportedly stepped up their pursuit upon the conclusion of last season and were said to be eager to avoid paying Lenglet's release clause, which was rumoured to be in the region of €35million.
But Sevilla held firm, with director of football Caparros and president Jose Castro insisting on numerous occasions they were unwilling to negotiate with Barca, telling them to pay the release clause or forget about Lenglet.
He becomes the fifth centre-back in Barca's first-team squad, but Thomas Vermaelen, Samuel Umtiti and Yerry Mina have all been the subjects of transfer speculation.
Lenglet's buy out clause at Barca will be valued at €300m.