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Clement Lenglet: Tottenham in talks over loan deal for Barcelona defender

Spurs in talks over loan deal for Barca centre-back Clement Lenglet but agreement is not yet close; Villarreal's Pau Torres, Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol are also targets; Atletico Madrid make season-long loan offer for Emerson Royal

Barcelona's Clement Lenglet watches the play during the Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Getafe, at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)
Image: Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet made 27 appearances in all competitions last season

Tottenham are in talks over a loan deal for Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet but he is not the club's only centre-back target this summer.

A move to Spurs has been described as Lenglet's most likely destination by a source close to negotiations, if the France international is to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

However, an agreement is not yet close, with the 27-year-old not the only centre-back Spurs are making enquiries about as they look to add a left-footer to the back three.

Tottenham's managing director of football Fabio Paratici likes to line up several deals simultaneously before choosing the best option, and Villarreal's Pau Torres, Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig's Josko Gvardiol are also targets.

Josko Gvardiol
Image: RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol is also a Tottenham target

However, Bastoni and Gvardiol are understood to be content to stay put where they are, and neither of their clubs is particularly open to selling - putting sizeable price tags on each.

Barca, however, need to offload players to balance their Financial Fair Play ratio and to be able to reinvest in their squad, including re-signing Ousmane Dembele, and registering Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.

Lenglet is therefore one of a number of players available, despite making 27 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season.

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Tottenham are in talks with Inter Milan over the signing of Alessandro Bastoni
Image: Tottenham had been in talks with Inter Milan over defender Alessandro Bastoni

Spain international Torres has been linked with several Premier League clubs over the last few seasons and Villarreal are interested in signing Giovani Lo Celso permanently from Spurs after his successful loan spell there last season.

Meanwhile, Spurs have held talks with Everton over the signings of Richarlison and Anthony Gordon and remain hopeful of striking a package deal for both players.

Everton are open to selling Richarlison at the right-price but are reluctant to part with their academy graduate Gordon after his strong progress under Frank Lampard last season.

Richarlison and Anthony Gordon
Image: Spurs are targeting a double deal for Everton's Richarlison and Anthony Gordon

Tottenham also remain interested in signing Gordon's England U21 team-mate Djed Spence but have yet to agree a valuation with his club Middlesbrough.

Antonio Conte's side have made three signings so far this summer with the arrivals of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma.

Atletico make offer to sign Emerson on loan

Tottenham Hotspur's Emerson Royal during the Premier League match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London. Picture date: Thursday May 12, 2022.

Atletico Madrid have made an offer to sign Tottenham defender Emerson Royal on a season-long loan.

As it stands, Spurs have no intention of allowing Emerson, who joined last summer from Barcelona for £25.8m, to leave.

Atletico tried to sign him last summer, but he opted to join Spurs instead, signing a five-year contract.

Tottenham's 2022/23 Premier League fixtures

Spurs Fixtures 2022/23

Tottenham will start their 2022/23 Premier League campaign at home to Southampton on August 6 followed by a trip to London rivals Chelsea on August 13.

Antonio Conte's side, who finished fourth last season to qualify for the Champions League, face north London rivals Arsenal at The Emirates on October 1 with the return fixture at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14.

The first newly-promoted side Tottenham face is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27 and that is followed by a midweek evening trip to London rivals West Ham on August 30.

Tottenham's final game before the season pauses for the winter World Cup in Qatar will be at home to Leeds on November 12, with Spurs returning to Premier League action on Boxing Day at Brentford.

Tottenham face back-to-back London derbies at home in the second half of the season as they host West Ham on February 18 and then Chelsea on February 25.

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