Barcelona completed the signing of Clement Lenglet from Sevilla on Thursday after meeting the centre-back’s €35.9 million (£31.7 million) release clause.
The Catalan giants announced the signing on their website and revealed he will sign a five-year deal with a €300 million (£265 million) buyout clause.
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Lenglet, 23, departs Sevilla after two seasons having become a key player at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium—he made 35 La Liga appearances last term.
Manager Ernesto Valverde will likely use France youth international Lenglet alongside Thomas Vermaelen as back-ups for starting centre-back duo Gerard Pique and Samuel Umtiti.
The former Nancy man will surely have his first-team chances, though, as Barca will be looking to compete for silverware on all fronts next term.
Given his youth, Lenglet could well succeed Pique, 31, as a starter in the future, and he should form a strong central pairing with 24-year-old compatriot Umtiti.
Lenglet is a fine prospect with enviable defensive attributes—he is a particularly fine tackler—and he could become a major asset for the Blaugrana.