Tottenham are in talks on a loan deal for Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet, but he is not the club’s only centre-back this summer.
A move to Spurs has been described as Lenglet’s likeliest destination by a source familiar with the negotiations, should the France international be set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.
However, a deal is not yet close, with the 27-year-old not the only Spurs centre-back to inquire as he looks to add a left foot to the back three.
Tottenham chief football officer Fabio Paratici likes to line up multiple deals simultaneously before deciding on the best option, and Villarreal’s Pau Torres, Inter Milan’s Alessandro Bastoni and RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol are also targets.
However, Bastoni and Gvardiol are said to be content to stay where they are, and neither of their clubs are particularly open to selling – putting significant price tags on each.
Barca, however, need to offload players to balance their Financial Fair Play ratio and be able to reinvest in their squad, including re-signing Ousmane Dembele and registering Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen.
Lenglet is therefore one of the many players available, despite making 27 appearances in all competitions for Barca last season.
Spain international Torres has been linked with several Premier League clubs in recent seasons and Villarreal are interested in signing Giovani Lo Celso permanently from Spurs following his successful loan spell last season.
Meanwhile, Spurs have held talks with Everton over the signings of Richarlison and Anthony Gordon and are still hopeful of securing a comprehensive deal for the two players.
Everton are ready to sell Richarlison for the right price but are reluctant to part ways with their academy graduate Gordon after his solid progress under Frank Lampard last season.
Tottenham also remain interested in signing Gordon’s England Under-21 team-mate Djed Spence, but have yet to agree a valuation with his Middlesbrough club.
Antonio Conte’s side have made three signings so far this summer with the arrivals of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma.
Atletico offer to sign Emerson on loan
Atletico Madrid have offered to sign Tottenham defender Emerson Royal on a season-long loan.
As things stand, 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 fixtures in the Premier League 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, will face north London rivals Arsenal at the Emirates on October 1 with the second leg at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on January 14.
The newly promoted first team against Tottenham is Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on August 27, followed by a midweek evening trip to London rivals West Ham on August 30.
Tottenham’s final game before the season’s break for the Winter World Cup in Qatar will be at home against Leeds on November 12, with Spurs returning to the Premier League on Boxing Day in Brentford.
Tottenham will 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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