Tottenham leave Barcelona ‘rubbing their hands’ as Daniel Levy pushes for deal

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Barcelona are ‘rubbing their hands’ about the possibility of cashing in on Clement Lenglet this summer as Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy eyes a permanent move for his signature at the end of the campaign, according to reports. Lenglet has spent the season on loan in north London and has established himself as a key player during his brief spell in the Premier League, with the Frenchman having made 34 appearances in all competitions since joining Spurs last July.

Tottenham have been widely tipped to make Lenglet’s stay a permanent one when the bidding opens next month, with Levy eager to keep him at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium before the upcoming campaign gets underway. It seems as though Barcelona would be highly receptive to the idea of letting Lenglet leave, with AS claiming that the club’s hierarchy have been ‘rubbing their hands’ over the money that could be raised by way of a summer sale.

The Catalan giants have been struggling with financial problems over the last few years and have reportedly been scrambling to generate the funds required to bring Lionel Messi back to the Nou Camp in advance of next season. The seven-time Ballon d’Or winner is poised to leave Paris Saint-Germain when his contract expires later this year and has recently been linked with a romantic return to Barcelona, although his wage demands could prove to be a sticking point unless enough money is raised to cover the costs of such a move.

The departure of Lenglet would be expected to generate around £10.4million for Barcelona, which has led club chiefs to agree that his exit would be in their best interests if it happens in the not-too-distant future. It would also seemingly be the ideal scenario for the player himself, who is currently lower down the pecking order at Barcelona than in previous years following the recent arrivals of Jules Kounde and Andreas Christensen.

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It remains to be seen whether Tottenham will end up bringing Lenglet back on a permanent basis when his loan deal runs out at the end of the season, although it seems clear that interim boss Ryan Mason would be among those clamouring for the move to be engineered over the next few weeks.

“These conversations I’m sure will happen in the summer,” said Mason earlier this week. “Right now it’s not on my mind but I would say about Clem is that he is the type of character we want around the training ground, he is professional, he does it right. He’s vocal and the more people we can keep hold of and get in the more beneficial it is.”

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Tottenham are likely to prioritise the signing of a new central defender when the summer window finally opens next month amid the uncertainty over the futures of Japhet Tanganga and Davinson Sanchez, who have both been tipped to move on when the campaign draws to a close. Lenglet will be expected to raise his standards if he ends up staying at the club on a permanent deal, though, with the 27-year-old having come under fire alongside a number of his Tottenham team-mates for underperforming in recent months.

Lenglet was even branded an ‘impostor’ back in February by former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara, who told talkSPORT after their Champions League defeat to AC Milan: “When you’re looking at it and [Pape Matar] Sarr and [Oliver] Skipp are the two best players in Tottenham’s team tonight, what does that say about the rest of them? When you’ve got players like [Ivan] Perisic, Son [Heung-min], [Dejan] Kulusevski, [Harry] Kane… Lenglet was bought from Barcelona, he’s like an impostor.”

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