Clement Lenglet marks Barcelona's Lionel Messi during last season's Copa del Rey final. Next season he will be on the same side as the Argentiian. Photo: REUTERS/Juan Medina

BARCELONA - French defender Clement Lenglet will join up with compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Gerard Pique at Barcelona in a transfer from La Liga rivals Sevilla worth 35.9 million euros ($42 million), the club said Thursday.

The 23-year-old has signed a five-year contract with a buyout clause valued at 300 million euros, it added. "With... a height of 186 cm (6 ft 1 in), Lenglet arrives at Barca after success in Seville, where he led the defence with elegance and determination," the club said.

Lenglet has been one of Sevilla's stand-out players this season, with then coach Vincenzo Montella admitting earlier this year his French defender had the talent to play for a club like Barcelona. Sevilla initially signed the French player in January 2017 from Nancy on a four-year deal.

Meanwhile, newly-promoted Premier League side Wolverhampton Wanderers have sold Congolese midfielder Prince Oniangue to French club Caen, the two clubs announced on Thursday. The 29-year-old only played 11 times for Wolves in the 2016-17 season, before spending time on loan in France with Bastia and Angers.

The West Midlands side said he had left for an undisclosed fee. Oniangue, who has scored seven goals in 35 international appearances for Congo since making his debut in 2008, also played for Caen's youth teams as a child before switching to Rennes.

Oniangue is the second player to leave Wolves this week, after Roderick Miranda joined Greek top-flight club Olympiacos on a season-long loan. The 27-year-old joined Wolves last season and helped the club earn promotion to the Premier League. 

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