The latest Aston Villa news as the defender signed on loan with an option to buy on deadline day.
- Clement Lenglet of Aston Villa (Image: Photo by Matt McNulty/Getty Images)
Barcelona were ready to sell Aston Villa deadline day signing Clement Lenglet this summer, only for the player to reject the move, according to reports.
The centre-back joined Villa on a season long loan from the Spanish giants in the final 24 hours of the window. Unai Emery moved to add more strength to his defensive ranks following a long-term injury to club captain Tyrone Mings.
Lenglet has Premier League experience, having played for Tottenham, on loan from Barcelona, last season. The 28-year-old played a total of 35 times in all competitions with 26 of those games coming in the league.
He could make his Villa debut when they take on Crystal Palace at Villa Park on Saturday (3pm kick off). But things could have been different for the player had he chosen to go with the first move available to him.
According to Marca , Barcelona were offered a fee of €8 million (£6.9m), and full payment of the player’s salary, by Saudi Arabian club Al Nassr. Barca were said to be ready to accept the offer, but Lenglet wasn’t keen on the move as he was waiting for an offer from a European club.
It is said that the player’s behaviour with the club meant that Barcelona didn’t want to put pressure on the defender to complete the move. Villa are reported to have then beaten off interest from Sevilla and Real Betis in order to sign Lenglet on loan with an option to buy in the final day of the transfer window.
The failure to sign Lenglet led to Al Nassr turning to the Premier League for an alternative target. The club completed a deal for Manchester City defender Aymeric Laporte after being turned down by the new Villa man.
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