Antonio Conte didn’t want Tottenham signing a player worth £97,000 a week

Tottenham Hotspur boss Antonio Conte did not want to sign Clement Lenglet from FC Barcelona.

That’s according to a report in The Athletic published this morning.

Tottenham loaned Lenglet from FC Barcelona in the summer of 2022.

The report released this morning claims Conte has no desire for the 27-year-old France international defender.

Tottenham could sack the former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss following his extraordinary outburst last weekend, according to Sky Sports.

Antonio Conte didn’t want Clement Lenglet at Tottenham Hotspur

“He craved a quality left centre-back (like Alessandro Bastoni, another of his former Inter players) and they signed Clement Lenglet on loan instead,” reads the report in The Athletic.

“He wanted a world-class right winger (even he knew there was no point in asking about Achraf Hakimi) and they ended up with Djed Spence.”

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Disappointing Spurs spell

From our point of view, Clement Lenglet hasn’t been great for Tottenham Hotspur so far this season.

The 27-year-old centre-back has made 16 starts and made two substitute appearances in the Premier League for Spurs this season.

The £97,000-a-week (SalarySport) defender has provided two assists in those games.

Lenglet also made six starts and one substitute for Tottenham in the UEFA Champions League this season.

The Barcelona centre-back scored one goal in those games.

We don’t think Tottenham will make the defender’s loan deal permanent at the end of the season.

That Barcelona were willing to let the former Sevilla centre-back go on loan last summer was probably an indication that he would not be at the level Conte expects from his centre-backs.

In other news, Leeds offered £35m but have now been able to sign Charles de Ketelaere at half price Antonio Conte didn’t want Tottenham signing a player worth £97,000 a week

Emma Bowman

Emma Bowman is a USTimeToday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Emma Bowman joined USTimeToday in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with Emma Bowman by emailing

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