Tottenham targeting Barcelona defender on ‘two-year loan deal’ as Conte continues his rebuild

Dan Butterfield
Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet

Tottenham are reportedly targeting Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet on a two year loan deal as Antonio Conte looks to continue his rebuild.

Having already brough in Ivan Perisic on a free transfer from Inter and with Fraser Forster set to follow him through the door, Conte is now targeting a central defender.

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Cristian Romero has been be a superb signing for Spurs and Eric Dier has looked like a different player since the arrival of Conte last year.

Ben Davies has also shown improvement under the Italian on the left-side of the back three but a number of players have been linked with Spurs in that position.

Villarreal defender Pau Torres has been linked with a move to north-London as well as Manchester United but a Barcelona defender now appears to be the favourite.

Lenglet is thought to be available this summer having fallen out of favour under Xavi at the Camp Nou and a loan deal is being touted.

According to Spanish outlet CCMA (via CaughtOffside), Spurs are targeting a two-year loan deal for the French defender, who still has four years remaining on his current contract.

Barca are in need of funds if they are to bring in any reinforcements this summer so are likely to prefer a sale rather than loan deal.

However, if Spurs can put together a deal that suits all parties, they may be able to secure the defender this summer.

Another reported Tottenham target, Corentin Tolisso has admitted the Premier League would suit him.  

Speaking to L’Equipe (quotes via InsideFutbol), the Frenchman said: “I want to go to a club where I will play a major role and keep winning trophies.

“England, with the intensity, would please me but I am not going to deny any league.

“I know what I am capable of and I know how much a change of life and air will do well for me.”

“Today, I still want to play in the Champions League and win it again,” said the Bayern man

“I want to make the best decision for me, and my family and get out of this spiral.”