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Tottenham Hotspur Are Still Trying To Re-Sign This Barcelona Defender: Should Ange Snap Him Up?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent print edition, Sport stated that Tottenham Hotspur are still trying to re-sign Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet this summer. It has been revealed that Spurs are in ‘intense negotiations’ to bring the French centre-half back to North London in this off-season.

Lenglet’s Decent Loan Spell In English Football Last Season

The 28-year-old experienced a solid loan spell at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in the previous campaign as he put in a series of dominant performances at the centre of Spurs’ backline. Lenglet scored once and picked up a couple of assists in 35 appearances for the North London club last season on all fronts.

The French sensation caught the eye with his defensive contributions based on his average of 1.5 tackles, 0.7 interceptions and 2.6 clearances per 90 minutes in Premier League football. He was even careful when distributing possession from the back after making 87.5% of his attempted passes in league football (stats via whoscored).

Lenglet’s current deal at his parent club Barcelona will expire in 2026. However, Barca need to sell off some of their fringe players to cope with their financial struggles which could open the door for Tottenham to land him this summer.

Clement Lenglet
LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 26: Clement Lenglet of Tottenham Hotspur carries the ball Joao Felix of Chelsea during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea FC at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 26, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Should Tottenham Hotspur Boss Angelos Postecoglu Snap Lenglet Up This Summer?

Lenglet is a good tackler of the ball and can read the danger quickly to make a few timely interceptions for his team inside his half. He doesn’t mind putting his foot through the ball when the opposition are on the offensive and excels at playing his way out from the back.

The 15-time France international can even use his strong 1.86m frame to win a few aerial duels. He already knows Tottenham well from his loan spell at the North London club last season and won’t take any time to settle into life in English football.

At 28, Lenglet is playing in his prime which makes him a worthy target for Spurs to pursue during this summer transfer window. Therefore, Angelos Postecoglu would be wise to snap the French talent before the start of the new campaign as he could help the London outfit compete for a top-four place in the Premier League over the next few years.

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