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Barcelona sign €35m Lenglet from Sevilla

13 July 2018

Clement Lenglet signed his contract with Barcelona on Friday, and president Josep Maria Bartomeu immediately made it clear how delighted he was with the new acquisition.

The Catalan giants have been in pursuit of a center-back before the end of the previous season and the 23-year-old have been on their radar.

Barca now have four centre-backs in their ranks with Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen.

Lenglet, a former France under-21 worldwide, becomes Barca's second signing of the summer following confirmation last week that Gremio midfielder Arthur Melo will also join the club this month.

Manchester United were also credited with an interest in securing his signature, but Lenglet has opted to stay in La Liga with Barca.

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It has been claimed that Barca have activated the Frenchman's €35 million (R553 million) release clause after Sevilla refused to negotiate with the Blaugrana.

Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had earlier reported La Liga champions Barcelona have landed midfielder Arthur from top Brazilian club Gremio in a deal valued at about € 40m (£35.5m).

Sportsmail revealed last month that Chelsea had rejected a £50m offer from the Spanish side.

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Barcelona sign €35m Lenglet from Sevilla