Tottenham Hotspur’s future plans could be put on hold as Clément Lenglet, their on-loan defender from Barcelona, is reportedly waiting to know who will be the next manager before deciding whether he wants to sign for the club permanently. According to Mundo Deportivo, Spurs have already informed Barcelona that they would like to make Lenglet’s loan move permanent. However, the player’s decision is contingent on who will be the club’s next manager.
Mundo Deportivo reports that Tottenham are happy with Lenglet’s performances and have told Barcelona that they would like to keep him. However, the two clubs still need to agree on a transfer fee. Barcelona spent nearly £32 million to sign Lenglet, but Spurs will feel confident of reaching an agreement given that he has been loaned out.
While the transfer fee negotiations are still ongoing, Lenglet’s stance on a permanent move to Tottenham has added another layer of complexity. The report suggests that Lenglet wants to know who will be Antonio Conte’s permanent successor before he gives the move the green light.
It is understandable that Lenglet wants to know who the next manager will be, as he does not want to sign permanently and then find that the new manager does not fancy him. This scenario has happened before, such as with Destiny Udogie, a left-back who signed for Tottenham while Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici were at the club. By the time he properly arrived, there was a very different backroom team in place.
In conclusion, Clément Lenglet’s decision to sign permanently for Tottenham Hotspur could be dependent on the identity of the next manager. While Spurs have already informed Barcelona that they would like to keep the defender, they still need to agree on a transfer fee. Lenglet’s stance is understandable, as he does not want to sign permanently only to find that the new manager does not fancy him. It remains to be seen if Lenglet will sign for Tottenham or opt for a move elsewhere.