Tottenham: Postecoglou praises resilience following Kane’s departure
Tottenham are reportedly holding a transfer summit today (Wednesday) in a bid to block Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet moving to Saudi Arabia. Lenglet spent last season on loan at Spurs, and the Premier League giants are now keen to snap up the France international on a permanent basis.
Lenglet started 24 Premier League matches last season and was also a regular for Spurs in the Champions League as they reached the last 16 before crashing out at the hands of AC Milan. The centre-back returned to the Nou Camp at the end of the last campaign and still has three more years remaining on his contract.
But the 28-year-old appears to have no future at Barcelona as the club haven’t even registered him for the new season. According to Spanish publication Sport, Tottenham haven’t ruled out sealing a deal for Lenglet but have so far been frustrated in their attempts to sign him as they are not willing to meet Barca’s demands.
Lenglet is owed money by his current employers after he deferred some of his wages during the Covid-19 pandemic. Barcelona want the player’s next club to cover his lost wages on top of a transfer fee, with Saudi side Al-Nassr willing to offer the defender and his Spanish club a good deal.
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Barcelona and their manager Xavi is said to be pushing Lenglet to join Al-Nassr, but the player is not keen to move to the Middle East. And Spurs are now doing all they can to try and get in the way of the deal and divert the player to north London.
Barca want to offload Lenglet quickly to save on his wages, and another loan move to Tottenham could even be on the cards. The Frenchman wants to stay in Europe – and Tottenham are in desperate need of defensive reinforcements after shipping two goals to Brentford in their Premier League opener on Sunday.
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Spurs look like a completely different team this season following a dismal campaign under Antonio Conte and his interim replacements Cristian Stellini and Ryan Mason last time around. The Lilywhites came under fire for their style of football last season and ultimately finished 8th in the Premier League.
Tottenham have since appointed Ange Postecoglou as their new manager, with the Australian overseeing a more attacking style of football. And the team entertained during their 2-2 draw with Brentford at the weekend as they attacked at will.
But Tottenham will have to transition to their next chapter without their former talisman Harry Kane. The England captain left the club at the weekend after agreeing to sign for Bayern Munich.
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