Born just north of Paris, Clement Lenglet worked his way through the youth ranks at Nancy, before breaking into the first-team squad and making his full debut in the 2013/14 Ligue 2 season. He settled quickly, making more than 20 league appearances in his first full season, and then 34 in the next.
In what would be his final season at Nancy, Lenglet scored the goal that secured the club’s promotion back into Ligue 1 after a three-year absence. He played half a season in the French top flight before leaving home comforts for La Liga – specifically, Sevilla – for a deal worth €5m in January 2017.
He made his debut against Real Madrid in an entertaining 3-3 draw in the Copa del Rey, and then made his La Liga debut in a 3-1 defeat away to Espanyol – but he soon established himself at the heart of the Sevilla defence, featuring in 35 of 38 league fixtures last season. Most notably for English fans, he was part of the team that dumped Manchester United out of the Champions League in the last 16.
The 23-year-old’s move to Barcelona was confirmed in July for €35.9m, his five-year deal with the Catalan club confirming their faith in a defender who is yet to win an international cap for World Cup winners France. He joins fellow new arrivals Arthur and Malcom in a wave of youngsters that suggest Barca are very much looking to the future.