Barca star 'on verge' of EPL switch

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An FC Barcelona star is reportedly on the verge of completing a move to one of the biggest clubs in the Premier League.  

The Catalan giants are embroiled in a deep economic crisis that has, as things stand, left them powerless to add new players to their squad.  

As such, there is an expectation that a number of the Blaugrana's first-team players, especially those on big wages, will make way in this transfer window.  

Midfielder Frenkie de Jong is expected to make the switch to Old Trafford after it was reported that Manchester United had agreed a €65 million (R1 billion) fee, plus add-ons, with Barca for the player, while Philippe Coutinho has already sealed an exit from the Camp Nou, having returned to Aston Villa, where he spent the second half of the 2021/22 campaign, on a permanent deal.

Now, according to transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio, Barcelona defender Clement Lenglet is closing in on a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur, having labelled it a "done deal".

Antonio Conte's side reportedly acted swiftly once it became clear their main target for the position, Inter Milan's Alessandro Bastoni, was not interested in leaving the Serie A club. 

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Reports suggest that the loan deal has an option-to-buy clause, but the value of that fee remains unknown.  

Lenglet's career at the Camp Nou has stalled over the past year, with the centre-back making just a handful of LaLiga appearances since Xavi Hernandez took over as Barca manager in November 2021. 

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