Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is facing backlash from supporters, despite closing in on the club's first summer transfer significantly ahead of schedule. Spurs are reportedly looking to take Clement Lenglet from Barcelona on a permanent basis, with talks ramping up behind the scenes.
Uncertainty in north London has seemingly not stopped the wheels from turning in the transfers department. Antonio Conte recently left the club by mutual agreement, while Ryan Mason and Cristian Stellini have been placed in temporary charge for the remainder of the season.
Luring in transfer targets may prove difficult until the status of Tottenham's Champions League qualification bid becomes clear, not to mention appointing a permanent manager, although efforts to bring in Lenglet are supposedly advancing.
According to Sport, Spurs and Barcelona are currently working to finalise a deal worth £12million, which has been tipped to go through promptly as long as Lenglet gives the green light.
The 27-year-old arrived from the Nou Camp last summer in a straight loan deal with no purchase option. However, Barca are evidently willing to do business as they face having to drastically reduce their wage bill at the end of the season.
Lenglet has started 16 of Spurs' 28 Premier League matches this campaign, and although some fans are pleased with what they have seen, others have taken the news of a permanent acquisition as an opportunity to lash out at Levy.
Responding to the report on social media, @PigeonSzn wrote: "We are not a serious club." Meanwhile, @timhelley added: "What's that Guns & Roses lyric? Welcome to the jungle, it gets worse here every day."
Lenglet originally came through the ranks with Nancy in France, before a two-season spell at Sevilla convinced Barca to snap him up in 2018. The centre-back made more than 150 appearances for La Blaugrana, establishing himself as a regular over a four-year period, although there would appear to be little appetite to welcome him back from Spurs this summer.
Supporters have generally been exasperated by Tottenham's defensive record this season, having shipped 40 goals in 28 Premier League games - the most of any side in the top 12 and more than West Ham, who currently sit in the relegation zone.
Lenglet boasts a Nations League triumph with France and a La Liga title with Barca on his accomplished CV, although Spurs fans have made it clear that they will demand more during the summer transfer window if Levy is to avoid facing fresh criticism.