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Barca's First 2018/19 Signing Revealed?

FC Barcelona were dealt a major blow in the transfer window when Antoine Griezmann rejected them, but the Catalan giants are now reportedly close to their first signing ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Read: Reports: Barca Want To Sign Four Players

The LaLiga champions were believed to be close to signing Griezmann before the French international announced that he will stay at Atletico Madrid.

The 27-year-old's snub was a major blow in Barcelona's transfer plans, but the club are now pressing ahead with other targets.

Sevilla centre-back Clement Lenglet will become the first signing of the Blaugrana on 1 July after the club agreed to pay his €35 million (R556 million) release clause, according to Sport.

The Spanish publication has claimed that Barca and Sevilla representatives reached an agreement over the 23-year-old on Wednesday, and the defender has apparently already told his closest family and friends he will play for Barcelona next season.

He will reportedly sign a five-year contract and is set to rival first-choice centre-back pairing Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique for a spot in Ernesto Valverde's starting XI.

Of the club's other two options, Yerry Mina, who joined the club in January, has widely disappointed, while Thomas Vermaelen, 32, is not getting any younger and has often struggled with injuries.

Read: 'Why I Chose Real Over Barca'

Lenglet, meanwhile, made 54 appearances for Sevilla last season, and has impressed following a €5.4 million (R86 million) from Nancy in January 2017.

Which other players would you like Barca to sign? Have your say in the comments section below.


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