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Barcelona set to seal transfer of Sevilla’s Clement Lenglet – Report

Barcelona are set to seal the transfer of Clement Lenglet according to reports in Goal.com. The move will cost €35 million – the defender’s release clause according to the report.

The Frenchman is likely to complete his move on Wednesday after a medical. He will sign a five-year contract.

Earlier this month, the Catalan side were informed that they had to pay the release clause if they wanted to sign the Sevilla defender. The La Liga champions tried to negotiate a deal with Sevilla, but the Spanish side rebuffed all talks.

Barcelona were willing to pay over the clause if it meant they could spread the payment over several instalments. Sevilla director of football, Joaquin Caparros confirmed that they have no plans to sell Lenglet but cannot do anything if the release clause is met.

Speaking to Marca, Caparros said, “Let's get one thing clear, something we've always said: Sevilla will not sell Lenglet. Barcelona wanted to negotiate a transfer, but we will not sell him. It's another thing if they pay the release clause, then any player can leave.”

“For now, Lenglet is our player, he did medical tests on Tuesday with the rest of the team and, as things stand, will go to Benidorm with the rest of the players for preseason. There will be no negotiating because we don't want to negotiate,” added Caparros.

 

Lenglet has turned down an improved contract offer by Sevilla according to reports in Spain. Reports suggest that earlier this week, the defender agreed personal terms with Barcelona.

 

Caparros confirmed that they did offer him a new deal and said, “We want Lenglet to stay, that's why we made him a renewal offer. [Barca] will have to pay the release clause [to sign him] or he stays.”

 

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