Barca must pay Lenglet's release clause, says Sevilla director Caparros

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The former manager claims his defender is not for sale, but the Blaugrana intend to meet the player's release clause anyway

Sevilla's director of football Joaquin Caparros has stated that his club will not negotiate with Barcelona over the sale of Clement Lenglet and that the Liga champions will have to pay the defender's release clause of €35 million (£31m/$41m) in order to sign him.

Goal recently revealed that the Blaugrana intend to do just that, with the player expected to make an announcement on his future in the coming days after Sevilla failed to offer extension terms on par with those tabled by Barca.

With Lenglet now due back for pre-season training, Caparros has made it clear that the club will not accept anything less than the 23-year-old's buyout clause as Barcelona edge closer to making their first signing of the summer.

"Let's get one thing clear, something we've always said: Sevilla will not sell Lenglet," he told Marca.

"We want Lenglet to stay, that's why we made him a renewal offer.

"Barcelona wanted to negotiate a transfer but we will not sell him. It's another thing if they pay the release clause, then any player can leave.

"For now, Lenglet is our player, he did medical tests on Tuesday with the rest of the team and, as things stand, will go to Benidorm with the rest of the players for pre-season.

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"There will be no negotiating because we don't want to negotiate."

While Caparros has been curt in his response to questions regarding Lenglet's future, it is understood that Sevilla have already been scouting for replacements, with Florian Lejeune of Newcastle and Gianmarco Ferrari of Sampdoria on their shortlist.

Manchester United had also been credited with an interest in the Frenchman, but have been forced to turn their attention elsewhere following Barcelona's pursuit of the defender.

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