Lenglet in Limbo: Wages Hamper West Ham Interest

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Clement Lenglet’s future remains shrouded in uncertainty as his hefty contract with Barcelona continues to be a stumbling block for potential suitors. The French defender, following uninspiring loan spells at Tottenham and Aston Villa, has attracted interest from West Ham; but his financial situation threatens to derail any transfer.

The crux of the issue lies in Lenglet’s wage structure. During the financial difficulties brought on by the pandemic, Lenglet agreed to defer a portion of his wages. This essentially meant a temporary pay cut with the remaining sum to be paid at a later date. However, Barcelona’s media portrays this as Lenglet having an inflated contract, conveniently overlooking the deferred wages he is rightfully owed. Adding fuel to the fire, Lenglet reportedly rejected a contract termination, likely to avoid forfeiting the deferred portion of his salary.

Lenglet seems receptive to another loan move, similar to his time at Tottenham and Aston Villa, where Barcelona shouldered part of his financial burden. This willingness to move suggests a desire for regular playing time, potentially to showcase his abilities and earn a permanent move elsewhere.

According to the Spanish news outlet Sport, the Irons have expressed interest in Lenglet’s experience, and his role in bolstering our defence. However, neither club is prepared to take on his full wages, creating a financial impasse.

The entire saga raises questions about Barcelona’s transparency. Their handling of Lenglet’s deferred wages and the media’s narrative surrounding his contract cast a shadow on their financial dealings.

Unless Barcelona are willing to contribute significantly towards Lenglet’s wages on loan, a move to the London Stadium seems unlikely. Lenglet’s predicament serves as a cautionary tale for players considering wage deferrals, highlighting the complexities of modern player contracts and the potential pitfalls that can arise.

We would be wise to stay away from this one.

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  • West Ham Voice says:

    Steidten is shopping in a very different market

    Can’t see players like lenglet not sterling for that matter being targeted given their age snd wages that they’re on

  • Tony says:

    I do not know him, but sounds to me like he is just another over paid prima donna, not getting regular game time and not willing to accept a wage reduction to achieve that.
    He has already been pushed from pillar to post, I get the impression nobody wants him, and we, the Irons, do not.

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