The loan spell of Clement Lenglet at Tottenham may not have seen him shine on a team level. But it has provided him with a valuable opportunity to regain his lost confidence. After two impressive seasons at Barcelona and a breakthrough at Sevilla, the French defender found himself in a negative spiral, losing his self-assurance and making uncharacteristic mistakes. In light of this identity crisis, Lenglet and Barça mutually agreed that a change of scenery was necessary, and Tottenham emerged as an appealing option.
Throughout the season, Lenglet has performed admirably in challenging circumstances at the North London club. Despite a turbulent campaign that saw Tottenham out of European competition for a significant period and experience four managerial changes, Lenglet showcased his versatility as a left-sided center-back in a back three under Antonio Conte, as well as in a traditional back four. Overall, his time at Tottenham has garnered positive reviews.
However, recent developments suggest that the game between Tottenham and Barça regarding Lenglet’s future is far from over. On Thursday, Tottenham officially announced that Lenglet, along with Arnaut Danjuma, would be returning to their respective clubs as their loan spells concluded. The absence of a buy option in the deal indicates that it is a logical step rather than a definitive decision to forego the possibility of a permanent transfer.
Hurry to sell
In Barcelona, this move is perceived as part of an ongoing negotiation process. The technical department is hopeful of securing a transfer fee ranging from €10-15 million for Lenglet, but as of now, Tottenham appears unwilling to meet that valuation. With the confirmation of their new coach, Ange Postocoglou, Tottenham is still in the process of finalizing their squad, making it uncertain whether Lenglet will be one of their priorities.
Another factor that adds to the uncertainty is the unresolved situation surrounding Tottenham’s star striker, Harry Kane. As a major reshuffle is expected at the club, it remains to be seen how Lenglet fits into their plans. However, it is clear that Barça is actively seeking a way out for Lenglet, this time in the form of a transfer.
The game of negotiations between Tottenham and Barça continues, with both clubs trying to find common ground regarding the transfer fee for Lenglet. For the French defender, this summer presents an important juncture in his career, as he seeks to rediscover his best form and contribute to a team that will provide the right platform for his talents. As the transfer window unfolds, fans will eagerly follow the developments, hoping for a resolution that benefits all parties involved.