Barcelona working on 2-year loan deal for centre-back: report



Clement Lenglet in training with Barcelona.

Barcelona are working on a deal to offload French centre-back Clément Lenglet who has fallen out of favor at Camp Nou and could be on his way to the Premier League.

The Catalans have already realized it was ‘almost impossible’ to sell the defender, who cost 35.9 million in July 2018but are hoping to strike a temporary deal with Tottenham Hotspur.

Lenglet has agreed to leave Barcelona and the club are ‘working to complete a two-season transfer’ to Spurs, as reported Radio Catalonia. Lenglet is contracted to Barcelona until 2026 but has slipped down the pecking order at Camp Nou.

The 26-year-old has made just seven La Liga starts in 2021-22 and has Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Eric Garcia ahead of him. Chelsea defender Andreas Christensen is also expected to arrive this summer to further increase competition for places.

Tottenham would be an attractive destination for Lenglet. Antonio Conte’s side will play Champions League football next season after finishing fourth in the Premier League and have already brought in Ivan Perisic this summer from Inter.

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Umtiti to follow Lenglet Out?

Lenglet could be followed out of the exit door by his compatriot Samuel Umtiti. The centre-back only made one appearance last season and seems to have no future at the club.

French side Nice are said to be ready to face Umtiti if he can be released from his contract with Barcelona, ​​as reported Sports Daily. Nice would be ready to pay a base salary with variables depending on his performance.

Umtiti extended his contract until 2026 in January on reduced terms with the aim of improving the financial situation of the club. The gesture allowed Barcelona to register Ferran Torres after signing in the January transfer window from Manchester City.

Mingueza also faces an uncertain future

Barcelona defender Oscar Mingueza also faces an uncertain future. The youngster played regularly last season under Ronald Koeman but lost his form and prominence in 2021-22.

Mingueza is a versatile option, capable of playing at right-back or in central defence, but has only featured nine times in 2022. Xavi has already confirmed he is one of four players he believes will not are not in his plans for next season.

The 23-year-old has been offered to Getafe in La Liga, as reported Diario AS. Quique Sanchez Flores’ side are considering loaning the centre-back out as they need to strengthen their backline.

However, Barcelona would prefer a sale, not least because Mingueza’s current deal expires in 2023 when he can leave the club on a free transfer.

The Catalans want to sell for around 5-10 million but could still take a loan as long as the deal includes a mandatory purchase option.

Mingueza is a graduate of Barca’s La Masia academy and has played at all levels at the club, starting with the Under-7 team. The defender has made 66 first-team appearances but may have already played his last game for the club.

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