Clement Lenglet: Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back and add £265m release clause

Clement Lenglet: Barcelona sign Sevilla centre-back and add £265m release clause

Barcelona have signed French defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for 35.9 million euros (31.76 million pounds) on a five-year deal after paying his release clause, the La Liga champions said on Thursday.

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.

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.

The Rojiblancos were ultimately forced to back down as the centre-back failed to find an agreement over a new contract, though they were adamant that Barca would pay his release clause.

Lenglet becomes Barcelona's second major signing of the summer, after Arthur arrived from Gremio for €40m on Monday.

Lenglet joined Sevilla from Nancy in January 2017 and went on to make 73 appearances for the club.

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.

Three goals in three games capped an impressive World Cup for Colombia's Mina, who will have no shortage of takers if Barca decide to sell this summer.

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