I think we’re all looking forward to some resolutions this week. Dembele and Kessie are set to be confirmed as new PSG and Al-Ahli players respectively, maybe as early as today. Clement Lenglet is another player heading for the exit, although his destination is unknown. Yesterday it was revealed that despite strong interest from Saudi Arabia, Lenglet had no interest in heading to the Saudi Pro League, today he’s being linked with a move to Italian giants AC Milan.
According to a report in La Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan has begun negotiations with Barcelona over the potential transfer of the French defender.
The Rossoneri have already made eight signings over the summer, with big names like Christian Pulisic, Tijjani Reijnders and a recent signing from Valencia Samuel Chukwueze all heading to Lombardy.
But AC Milan manager Stefano Pioli is still looking for three new signings to strengthen his squad ahead of the new Serie A season, and centre-back is right at the top of the list.
Clement Lenglet – A perfect signing for AC Milan
According to the report, Pioli sees Lenglet as the perfect signing for Milan for several reasons. At 28, he brings plenty of experience to Milan but still has a fair few good years ahead of him.
Having played in Ligue 1, La Liga and the Premier League, he has experience facing different teams, styles and tactics, and that will help Milan on the European stage.
Lenglet is also relatively cheap when you consider the modern transfer market. It’s believed that Barca are looking for €10 million. Considering he has over 250 senior appearances and has represented his country on 15 occasions, that’s a good price for a man of his talent.
Tottenham are still believed to be keen on signing the former Sevilla man after he impressed the management team while on loan in North London last season, but they are yet to make an offer that Barca is willing to accept.
Spurs are heading to Spain next week for a game against Barcelona, which will open the negotiation window for the two teams to haggle over price. If Tottenham walk away from the deal, Lenglet has a good alternative in AC Milan.
The Italian side can also offer something that Spurs can’t, and that’s European football. Tottenham had a disappointing campaign last year finishing outside the European places, whereas Milan qualified for the Champions League group stage by finishing fourth.