sbobet asian LIVERPOOL are willing to rival Barcelona for one of the Spanish side's top summer targets in Sevilla defender Clement Lenglet, according to Don Balon. The Spanish outlet claim that the £142 million generated from Philippe Coutinho’s sale to the Catalan club in January will be used towards a move for Lenglet, having failed in their attempts to convince the Brazilian playmaker to stay at Anfield for the second half of the season.
French defender Lenglet - who played against the Reds in the Champions League group stages earlier this season - has enjoyed an excellent second season with the La Liga club. So much so, that Lenglet - who has made 48 appearances across all competitions and scored four goals this term - has emerged as first choice for Barca as they look to strengthen their defence.
That’s given the potential for Samuel Umtiti to leave the Nou Camp this summer with a contract extension yet to be agreed and his current deal containing a €60million (£52m) release clause - reportedly attracting the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United.
But Barca will face competition for 22-year-old Lenglet, say Don Balon. That's because Lenglet is said to be viewed as a vital component of Jurgen Klopp’s future plans and the German boss will supposedly do everything in his power to bring the centre-back to Anfield. sbobet asian
Virgil van Dijk has strengthened the Reds’ back-line since a £75m arrival in January but the Reds boss is said to be keen to further bolster his back-line. And given Lenglet’s experience and ability, the France Under-21 international - who helped Sevilla knock Man United out of Europe last month - is viewed as the ideal acquisition to add more depth given how the tendency for Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren to pick up niggling injuries.
Don Balon suggest that former Nancy man Lenglet has welcomed Barca’s interest, but will only sign for the club in the case that he becomes a crucial member of Ernesto Valverde’s team. Barca cannot guarantee that condition unless Umtiti leaves, potentially offering Liverpool encouragement, especially if Barca make progress in their contract talks with Lenglet’s compatriot Umtiti. sbobet asian