The Catalan giants are close to complete their first signing of the summer.
Barcelona have completed a domestic double this season. They lost only one game in the La Liga this season, that too in the 37th gameweek. However, their defensive depth was exposed in the game, as the second-choice starters Thomas Vermaelen and Yerry Mina performed poorly in the game.
Failure to agree a new deal has led to Umtiti garnering interests from clubs like Liverpool and Manchester United. Even when the club is working hard to keep the French centre-back, Barca board is unwilling to break the bank for a new contract.
The 22-year old defender has been on Barca’s radar for quite some time. Lenglet has delivered strong performances for Sevilla at the back in a season which saw the club reaching the Champions League quarterfinals.
The need for a new defender looked paramount after Barcelona slumped to Levante in the second-last game of the league. The defeat denied Barcelona an invincible season.
Clement Lenglet joined Barcelona only last season. He has a contract with the club until 2021.
According to Sport, Barcelona are set to bolster their defence as their €38 million move to meet his reported release clause will be accepted by Sevilla. According to the report, the defender is set to sign a five-year deal with the club.
The Frenchman impressed the Sevilla faithful last season as he was a first-team regular in the defence. Lenglet made 48 appearances for Sevilla the previous season.
Barcelona intends to pose a strong challenge for European glory next season, as the club has failed to go past the quarter-final since three seasons.