Tottenham Hotspur have finalized the loan acquisition of Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet.
Spurs have already added Richarlison, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma, and Fraser Forster to their team this summer. Lenglet is the fifth addition to Antonio Conte’s squad for the 2022/23 season.
The 27-year-old French center-back is a France international player with 15 caps and has been at Barcelona since 2018. However, he has not always had an easy time at the Camp Nou, falling out of favor under Xavi Hernandez in the second half of last season until injuries elsewhere forced a late recall to the starting lineup.
Spurs note that the transaction is subject to international clearance and the issuance of a work permit.
Conte has been looking for at least one new center-back to add to his squad, with Lenglet set to compete with Ben Davies for the manager’s left-sided berth in his back three.
Lenglet had played for Nancy in France and Sevilla in Spain before joining Catalunya, where he won the league championship and the Copa del Rey. He was also a member of France’s Euro 2020 team last summer.
Spurs also announced Steven Bergwijn’s permanent exit earlier on Friday.
The Dutch winger could not get a regular starting berth under Conte and has returned to the Eredivisie after negotiating a club-record move to Ajax for €31.25 million (£26.4 million).
Bergwijn began his career at Ajax before moving on to PSV, where he made his breakthrough, ahead of a move to north London in 2020.
He appeared in 81 games for Tottenham, scoring eight goals, including a stoppage-time brace in an astonishing late comeback against Leicester City last season.
Bergwijn has agreed to terms with Ajax on a five-year contract extension until 2027.