Barcelona’s Lenglet on the Brink: Talks with Al-Nassr Stir Transfer Speculations

3 August, 2023

In the realm of football negotiations, whispers swirl around FC Barcelona and their contemplation of Clement Lenglet’s potential departure. Word has it that the Saudi powerhouse, Al-Nassr, is engaged in talks with the Catalan club, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

Lenglet has transformed into somewhat of a weight for the Catalans, just as the hour demands they offload players and curtail their wage expenditure. A necessary endeavour, this, to gracefully maneuver within the confines of Financial Fair Play stipulations. Moreover, this maneuver would also pave the way for fresh faces to be enlisted and the contracts of existing luminaries to be inked into the roster. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive football betting odds from Nextbet

Curiously, despite being among the 32-man contingent embarked on a pre-season expedition to the United States during the preceding week, Lenglet found himself in a rather peculiar predicament. The trifecta of friendlies against Arsenal, Real Madrid, and AC Milan bore no trace of his presence on the pitch, not a solitary minute graced by his participation.

This state of affairs, rather tellingly, speaks volumes: the maestro of the backline, Lenglet, does not dwell within the grand tapestry of head coach Xavi Hernandez’s blueprint for the forthcoming 2023/2024 season, one in which FC Barcelona, the reigning champions of La Liga, intend to defend their honour.

It’s a tale of a journey less-traveled for Lenglet, who spent his preceding season on a sojourn at Tottenham Hotspur, a tenure that seemingly held the promise of permanence. All roads pointed towards the north Londoners solidifying his position, yet Barca’s stipulation of €12 million ($13.1 million), a stark contrast to the €35 million ($38.2 million) they disbursed to secure him from Sevilla in 2018, met only by Tottenham’s willingness to part with half the bounty, served to rupture the potential deal.

Thus, Barca’s anticipated maiden foray into the realm of summer departures, a spectacle set to unfold in early June, dissolved into the realm of uncertainty. The consequence? A weakened hand held by the Blaugrana as they entered the negotiation arena.

In this symphony of negotiations, whispers also circulate, painting a picture that scarcely speaks of substantial transfer fees cascading into the club’s coffers from Al-Nassr’s side, should a consensus be reached. However, contrary voices, emanating from SPORT, serenade us with tidings of a €15 million ($16.4 million) offer – a figure that reeks of reasonableness, eliciting a nod of approval from none other than president Joan Laporta and his coterie of decision-makers.

Yet, amidst this shifting landscape of negotiations, the paramount concern remains to oust Lenglet’s towering salary from the roster’s fold. It stands as the unassailable priority as the transfer window threatens closure, beckoning us to the close of this month. The financial tide holds the promise of savings amounting to a staggering €18 million ($19.7 million) annually, a pool that could, conceivably, swell to approximately €30 million ($32.8 million) in total, especially considering his precedent in deferring segments of his earnings during the post-pandemic epoch.

As contractual obligations stretch their tendrils into the year 2026, Lenglet is not bound by any exigency to relinquish his present standing. Nevertheless, contemporary football’s theater deems the Saudi enclaves as the sole custodians of financial prowess, adept at bestowing wages befitting his stature.

Thus, through a dalliance with destiny, a mere acceding to Al-Nassr’s advances would find Lenglet rubbing shoulders with a pantheon of erstwhile European football luminaries. This includes none other than the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, Alex Telles, and the once-pursued marvel, Marcelo Brozovic. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports.