Spurs presently have Clement Lenglet on a loan from Barcelona, but the Spanish publication SPORT reports that the departure of Antonio Conte will likely prevent the Frenchman from making the move to Spurs permanently this summer.
Since joining Spurs on loan this summer, Lenglet, now 27 years old, has been consistently excellent. Spurs were unable to secure a permanent contract to bring the 15-time French international to London. Nonetheless, it is one that might be arranged.
Lenglet may be Tottenham’s finest acquisition for the 2022-2023 season. To consider cost-effectiveness, he is likely the best. In recent games, Ivan Perisic has not fared well. Richarlison has yet to tally a goal in the Premier League.
Pricey then, at £60 million. As of right now, Yves Bissouma is not living up to the expectations set for him. There has been no noticeable influence from Arnaut Danjuma yet, while Pedro Porro has shown promise but it is still early. It’s possible that, with Fraser Forster, Lenglet has been Spurs’ finest player this season.
This might explain why Spurs want to retain Lenglet. According to SPORT, he would cost £16 million to sign on the dotted line. Nevertheless, with Conte no longer at the helm, Spurs may have less of a chance of retaining Lenglet.
If you want to buy a Lenglet, £16 million is a bargain. He has not reached his prime yet, and central defenders who are left-footed come at a high price. Given their pursuit of Josko Gvardiol and Alessandro Bastoni, Spurs are well aware of this. Lenglet is a close second.
While his loan with Spurs, he has been reliable, and he provides insurance for Eric Dier in the centre of defence. The Spurs should put signing Lenglet to a long-term contract as one of their top priorities this summer.