Clement Lenglet: Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back and add £265m release clause

Rex Christensen
July 12, 2018

The La Liga champions triggered Lenglet's €35.9m release clause before agreeing terms with the centre-back on a five-year contract, which includes a new release clause of €300m.

The defender becomes Barcelona's second new signing in the space of two days after Brazilian midfielder Arthur joined from Gremio.

The French global joined Sevilla from Nancy in January 2017 and scored four goals in 52 games last season.

Manchester United were also credited with an interest in the defender but Barca's long-standing interest and the efforts of previous sporting director Robert Fernandez helped swing the deal in the Blaugrana's favour.

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Barca reportedly stepped up their pursuit upon the conclusion of last season and were said to be eager to avoid paying Lenglet's release clause, which was rumoured to be in the region of €35million.

Manager Ernesto Valverde will likely use France youth global Lenglet alongside Thomas Vermaelen as back-ups for starting centre-back duo Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Barca also now have Thomas Vermaelen and Yerry Mina vying for a place in the middle of the defence, although one of them is likely to leave before the transfer window closes.

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