Barcelona have reportedly made a decision on Clément Lenglet’s future ahead of the new season.
The Catalan giants are in hot sale mode as they seek to reduce their payroll to the point that they can save Lionel Messi’s new contract as well as the contracts of their four new recruits.
And it looks like center-back Lenglet will join the multitude of outings this summer, but he is yet to leave the club for good.
According to Gerard Romero via Sport, the idea is to send Lenglet on loan for the upcoming season but to include a mandatory buyout option that would be triggered if he makes a certain percentage of appearances for his temporary club.
The signing of Eric Garcia and the presence of Gerard Pique, Ronald Araujo and Oscar Mingueza should make things difficult for Lenglet this season, while Samuel Umtiti is also expected to leave.
Lenglet made up to 48 appearances in all competitions last season, regularly featuring Ronald Koeman.
But Barcelona need to cut the payroll first, and it is reported that they have already started negotiations with Premier League clubs over the possibility of sending Lenglet on loan.
The clubs involved remain anonymous, but Everton and West Ham have been named as two possible destinations.