Barcelona sign defender Lenglet from Sevilla

Barcelona sign defender Lenglet from Sevilla

Barcelona sign defender Lenglet from Sevilla

Barcelona signing Clement Lenglet is eager to win silverware.

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.

La Blaugrana paid Lenglet's full €35m release clause after failing to negotiate a lower fee for the France worldwide.

Lenglet has been one of Sevilla's stand-out players this season, with then coach Vincenzo Montella admitting earlier this year his French defender had the talent to play for a club like Barcelona.

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

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

The French defender posted impressive performances in La Liga last season and can be added as back up for Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.

Barca also now have Thomas Vermaelen and Yerry Mina vying for a place in the middle of the defence, although one of them is likely to leave before the transfer window closes.

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