Barcelona have signed French defender Clement Lenglet from Sevilla for 35.9 million euros (31.76 million pounds) on a five-year deal after paying his release clause, the La Liga champions said on Thursday.

“The player will sign a contract with the club for the next five seasons, until June 2023, with a buy-out clause of 300 million euros,” Barca said in a statement.

Lenglet, 23, joined Sevilla from French side Nancy in January 2017. He has played for France at under-21 level and ten appearances for the French national team and a height of 186 cm (6 ft 1 in).Lenglet arrives at Barça after success in Seville, where led the defense with elegance and determination.

Lenglet is Barca’s second signing of the close season after midfielder Arthur Melo.

Thus, the Frenchman is joining a Barça defense which already includes experienced players like Gerard Piqué, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen and Yerri Mina, who will surely help Lenglet grow, thus completing a spectacular defense under the orders of Ernesto Valverde