Tottenham to ‘find solution’ today as Daniel Levy tries to get deal done on the cheap
Ange Postecoglou has warned Tottenham fans to expect plenty of movement between now and the end of the transfer window.
Tottenham will reportedly attempt to negotiate a cut-price deal for Clement Lenglet around their friendly with Barcelona on Tuesday. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy took the centre-back on loan from Barca last season, and the 28-year-old could now return to north London on a permanent basis
Lenglet racked up 35 appearances across all competitions for Spurs last season. With multiple exits anticipated before the summer transfer window closes on September 1, manager Ange Postecoglou may soon be in need of defensive back-up.
Tottenham have long been linked with a permanent deal for Lenglet, although Mundo Deportivo claim that they are attempting to drag out negotiations until Barcelona accept a lower transfer fee.
Reports indicate that Spurs’ pre-season friendly showdown with Barca on Tuesday will be the perfect setting through which Levy’s transfer team can ‘find a solution
Postecoglou could get his hands on the French international for the meagre sum of just £4.2million. The fee would eventually be more significant, but only if add-on clauses are met.
Lenglet is set to be met by fresh competition at centre-back if he completes his return to north London. Outgoing Wolfsburg youngster Micky van de Ven was in the stands to watch Spurs defeat Shakhtar Donetsk on Sunday as he closes in on a £43m move.
Argentine youngster Alejo Veliz is also due to join up with Postecoglou once his £13m switch from Rosario Central is signed and sealed. With Spurs braced for a busy end to the window, they are believed to have placed four players in the shop window.
Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris are both on the transfer list, according to reports, while defenders Joe Rodon and Djed Spence are also set to be sold to move room for Lenglet.
Furthermore, Express Sport understands that talks are ongoing regarding a season-long loan deal that would take Japhet Tanganga to Besiktas.
I don’t have a fixed number [of players] in my head, but fair to say our squad is too big at the moment,” said Postecoglou. “There are obviously guys who will look for opportunities elsewhere.
“It is not something I am involved in. I will deal with what’s in front of me and I think we’ll see some movement out over the next few weeks. We’ve obviously got a bit of time before the end of the transfer window.”