Newcastle United watch Barcelona star Clement Lenglet

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Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet has become a shock transfer target for Newcastle United who have made a request for him.

According to a report by Catalan publication SPORT, Newcastle United have asked La Liga giants Barcelona about the availability of defender Clement Lenglet as they contemplate a January blow for the Frenchman.

Lenglet arrived in Barcelona in the summer of 2018 from another La Liga club, Sevilla. The 26-year-old instantly became a regular at the Camp Nou first-team at the expense of compatriot Samuel Umtiti and has had a few solid seasons. However, the France international had a tough campaign last time around and has since fallen out of favor.

Indeed, manager Ronald Koeman preferred to use Gerard Pique, Eric Garcia, Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza before Lenglet during the current season. That means the 26-year-old has only appeared four times in 2021/22, for a total of just 95 minutes. As a result, he’s been linked with a January exit, with former Seville employers excited.

Now Newcastle United have also become a potential destination for Barcelona center-back. The Magpies are the talk of the town after their massive takeover earlier this month. Given the deep pockets of their new owners, the Premier League club are set to get big in the January transfer window as they look to turn the tide.

Lenglet on Newcastle United's radar (Photo by David Ramos / Getty Images)

Lenglet on Newcastle United’s radar (Photo by David Ramos / Getty Images)

Indeed, Newcastle United have been linked with several top players like Kalidou Koulibaly, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Timo Werner among others, while Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho has also become a subject of interest for the transfer. Now Lenglet is also on Tyneside Outfit radars, according to the aforementioned report.

It is reported that Newcastle are looking for a left-handed center-half to add to their roster in January. While they already have a slew of center-backs on their roster, few have the ball-playing abilities someone like Lenglet can bring to the table. With a change of manager expected, a change in style of play is also likely.

With that in mind, someone with high-level skills and experience from Lenglet could come in handy for the Magpies. However, they might have a hard time convincing the Frenchman to swap Camp Nou for St. James Park. It remains to be seen if there is a serious approach made in the coming weeks and if so, it will be interesting to see if the 26-year-old will consider joining the new project in place at Tyneside.


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