Barca ‘contact’ with Sevilla’s Lenglet

Barcelona have identified Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet as a summer transfer target, according to reports in the Spanish press.

The 22-year-old central defender has impressed for Los Rojiblancos in a turbulent season for the club and will line-up against Barca in Saturday’s Copa del Rey showdown.

Lenglet was the penultimate arrival at the Andalusian club under sporting director Monchi, signing from Ligue 1 outfit Nancy in January 2017.

Diario Sport now report Barca have ‘made contract’ with the Frenchman as they attempt to ‘take a step ahead’ following reported interested from Real Madrid and ‘leading Premier League sides’.

The defender reportedly has a €45m release clause at the Estadio Sanchez Pizjuan and the Blaugrana are keen for a deal due to the anticipated departure of Thomas Vermaelen, while Yerry Mina may be loaned out.

There has also been speculation over Samuel Umtiti’s future at the Camp Nou, although it is unclear if the interest in Lenglet is linked to his fellow countryman’s situation.

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