Tottenham Hotspur head coach Antonio Conte ‘likes’ Clement Lenglet and the central defender could eventually be tied down to a permanent deal at Hotspur Way, according to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay.
Conte is preparing for his first full season at the helm, having moved into the north Londoners’ dugout last November, and Lenglet has been among the fresh faces to head through the door this summer.
What’s the latest news involving Lenglet?
Lenglet has joined Tottenham on a season-long loan from La Liga giants Barcelona after an agreement was reached earlier this month.
Spurs went into the summer transfer window with Conte making the addition of a left-sided centre-back a priority.
Although Josko Gvardiol, Alessandro Bastoni, Sven Botman and Nico Schlotterbeck were initially named on a four-man shortlist of targets, Conte and managing director Fabio Paratici eventually opted to plump for Lenglet.
It is understood that Spurs are paying the majority of the 27-year-old’s wages during his time at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Lenglet’s contract at parent club Barcelona, which still has four years remaining, is worth £97,000-per-week.
What has Tom Barclay said about Lenglet?
Barclay understands that Conte is an admirer of Lenglet and, despite missing out on the likes of Inter Milan star Bastoni, is pleased with his defensive recruit.
While the journalist admits the Frenchman could turn out to be nothing more than a short-term option, due to his arrival on loan, he has refused to rule out the possibility of Spurs turning the switch into a permanent agreement.
Barclay told GIVEMESPORT: “Bringing in a centre-back was key. Obviously, there was a lot of talk about Bastoni and other expensive targets, but Lenglet is a player Conte likes.
“He might end up being a stop-gap if he doesn’t really shine but, if he does well and suits the Premier League better, he could be a really sensible signing that they try and sign permanently later on.”
Why did Conte turn to Lenglet in his pursuit of a new centre-back?
Lenglet may not have been one of the first names on the team-sheet at Barcelona, but he has still made more than 150 appearances for the Catalan outfit.
He has also won three competitions during his time at the Nou Camp, including the La Liga title and Copa del Rey, so he will have brought a winning mentality to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
With Barcelona’s well-documented financial problems, Spurs will have known a deal was there to be done for the 15-cap France international, making Lenglet a suitable option with the start of the new season on the horizon.
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