Published: Fri, July 13, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

French defender Lenglet signs for Barcelona

French defender Lenglet signs for Barcelona

Barcelona have signed French defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for €35.9million (£31.7m) on a five-year deal after paying his release clause, the La Liga champions said on Thursday.

Sevilla initially signed the French player in January 2017 from Nancy on a four-year deal. The highly-rated defender had always been identified as a Barca target, with reports linking him with a move for much of last season.

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

Even after Sampaoli's departure, Lenglet continued to be a mainstay under Eduardo Berizzo, Vincenzo Montella and Joaquin Caparros last term, featuring 35 times in LaLiga.

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However, Sevilla were unequivocal in their stance and both president Jose Castro and director of football Joaquin Caparros said there would be no deal with the Catalan club.

Barcelona say he "completes a spectacular defence" alongside fellow centre-backs Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen.

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