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Barcelona sign Lenglet from Sevilla for £32m

13 July 2018

Lenglet is Barca's second signing of the summer after they captured midfielder Arthur Melo.

Barcelona have completed the signing of Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet for £31.7m.

Barca believed that would pave the way for negotiations with Sevilla - instead of paying the buyout clause, they were hopeful of striking a deal which would have seen them pay more but with the fee spread across a number of instalments.

It has been claimed that Barca have activated the Frenchman's €35 million (R553 million) release clause after Sevilla refused to negotiate with the Blaugrana.

The La Liga champions triggered Lenglet's €35.9m release clause before agreeing terms with the centre-back on a five-year contract, which includes a new release clause of €300m.

The 23-year-old made the switch to Spain in January 2017, leaving Nancy, for whom he was captain - and seamlessly fitting into Jorge Sampaoli's team.

Manager Ernesto Valverde will likely use France youth global Lenglet alongside Thomas Vermaelen as back-ups for starting centre-back duo Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

The youngster has also been sorted after by Premier League giants Manchester United but he preferred to join Barca.

Barcelona sign Lenglet from Sevilla for £32m