FC Barcelona Announce Much-Needed Outgoing Transfer On Deadline Day – Forbes

FC Barcelona have announced the outgoing transfer of Clement Lenglet.
FC Barcelona have announced a much-needed player departure on the summer transfer window’s deadline day.
As revealed by a statement published approaching 13.00 local time in Catalonia on Friday afternoon, Barca and Premier PINC League club Aston Villa “have reached an agreement for the loan of player Clement Lenglet until June 30, 2024”.
“There is no purchase option,” explained the Catalans, noting that former France international Lenglet will return to England for the second season running following a temporary assignment at Tottenham Hotspur in 2022/2023.
“With Spurs, the centre-back had a fairly regular performance and played a total of 35 games, 26 of them in the Premier League. And it must be remembered that in the summer of 2022, Barca and the English club reached an agreement for the transfer of the Frenchman, who had signed for Barca from Sevilla four years earlier,” the Blaugrana added.
At the start of this summer, Spurs were expected to agree a fee of up to €15 million ($16.3 million) to make Lenglet’s move permanent but a concrete offer never materialized.
There was interest in Lenglet from Saudi Arabia too, but the 28-year-old ultimately turned down an approach and decided not to follow the trajectory of now former Barca star Franck Kessie who joined Al-Ahli in a deal worth €12.5 million ($13.55 million) last month.
Just as they did in 2022 when buying Barca club record signing Phillipe Coutinho, Aston Villa have yet again saved the day for the La Liga champions.
This season, with part of his salary previously deferred in the post-pandemic fallout, Lenglet was expected to earn between €12-16 million ($13-17.35 million).
While it is unthinkable for a player who forms no part of first team manager Xavi Hernandez’s plans taking home such an amount even in the best of times, Barca’s financial woes meant that Lenglet had to be offloaded – even if not permanently – before the close of the window.
In 10 months’ time, Barca will hope that Lenglet has impressed enough at Villa Park to make the Birmingham club want to buy him full-time.
As specified, though, his arrangement does not have a purchase option and this would have to be engineered in a separate deal.


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