Clement Lenglet: Barcelona defender joins Tottenham on a season-long loan | Soccer News

Clement Lenglet has completed his loan from Barcelona to Tottenham for the 2022/23 season.

The French defender, who made 27 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season, is a left-footed centre-back – a position Spurs have been aiming for this summer.

Lenglet will join the Spurs squad which travel to South Korea for the start of their pre-season tour on Saturday.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Spanish club in July 2018 for £31.7million from Sevilla, has started just seven La Liga appearances and is not part of Barca head coach’s plans Xavi next season.

Barca also need to offload players to balance their Financial Fair Play ratio and be able to reinvest in their squad, including re-signing Ousmane Dembele.

Meanwhile, Lenglet is Spurs’ fifth summer signing after Fraser Forster, Ivan Perisic, Yves Bissouma and Richarlison.

The potential arrival of the former Nancy defender means Conte now has seven centre-backs at his disposal with Cristian Romero, Eric Dier, Ben Davies, Davinson Sanchez, Joe Rodon and Japhet Tanganga in his Spurs squad.

Analysis: Should Spurs fans be excited about Lenglet?

European football expert Kevin Hatchard told Sky Sports News:

“Lenglet is a player who lost his confidence a bit – there’s no doubt about that. He was part of a dysfunctional football club in Barcelona with coaching and style changes to overcome the financial issues in the background.

“He just needs a fresh start and when he was at Sevilla he was the next big thing, he was really impressive. I think Tottenham stole a bit.”

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Tottenham are also in advanced talks with Middlesbrough to sign Djed Spence, with Sky Sports News says a deal is getting closer.

Talks for the right-back, who spent last season on loan at Nottingham Forest, center on an initial fee of £15m plus add-ons.

The England U21 right-back wants to move to north London with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy reportedly personally leading the club’s pursuit of the 21-year-old.

Tottenham’s fixtures in the 2022/23 Premier League

Spurs schedule 2022/23

Tottenham will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on August 6, followed by a trip to London rivals Chelsea on August 13.

Antonio Conte’s side, who finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League, will face north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on October 1 with the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14.

The newly promoted first team against Tottenham is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27, followed by a midweek evening trip to London rivals West Ham on August 30.

Tottenham’s final game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup in Qatar will be at home against Leeds on November 12, with Spurs returning to the Premier League on Boxing Day in Brentford.

Tottenham will face back-to-back London derbies at home in the second half of the season as they host West Ham on February 18 and then Chelsea on February 25.

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