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Tottenham have signed Clement Lenglet and are certainly being helped by Barcelona, who are paying over half of his wages.

This has been a truly bonkers summer for anybody connected with Barcelona.

The Catalan giants are still in financial oblivion but are still managing to bring in quality signings.

Jules Kounde, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski have all signed in big-money deals whilst Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen have joined on free transfers.

Barcelona seemingly want to spend their way out of trouble, which is a real gamble – and their desire to offload players has benefited Tottenham.

Tottenham have signed Clement Lenglet

Barcelona need players to leave in order to clear up the wage bill, but offloading players hasn’t been easy.

The likes of Martin Braithwaite, Samuel Umtiti, Neto and even Frenkie de Jong appear to be available this summer.

Barcelona did manage to offload defender Clement Lenglet, sending him on loan to Tottenham Hotspur for the season.

There is no permanent option as part of the loan, meaning Lenglet may well be returning to Barcelona next summer.

Barcelona were so keen to move Lenglet out that they struck a deal that doesn’t even help them all that much.

The Athletic report that Barcelona are actually covering more than 50% of Lenglet’s wages during his time with Tottenham.

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Tottenham seemingly took advantage of Barcelona’s situation by negotiating a deal that gets him off their books but without paying his wages in full.

Catalan newspaper SPORT reported in May that Lenglet earns around €10million-a-year at Barcelona – which works out to around £160,000-a-week.

If Barcelona are paying at least half of that, Tottenham are only contributing £80,000-a-week at most.

That’s a deal that certainly works well for Spurs, offering Antonio Conte valuable depth in the middle and on the left of his back three without breaking the bank.

We may see Barcelona accept similar deals for other unwanted players as they desperately attempt to clear the decks.

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