Each year L’Equipe publish a feature on salaries in Ligue 1.

Whilst it’s the headline names like Neymar and Kylian Mbappe who get the attention, and PSG’s wages as a whole, it’s often further down the league that the more interesting claims are made.

When L’Equipe come to Strasbourg, they explain the French club have done some good business on loans, with the parent clubs of several players continuing to pay salaries.

For Lamine Kone, it’s claimed Sunderland have continued to pay a ‘significant part’ of his wages, despite him being sent out on loan for the season.

It wouldn’t be a strange situation, and indeed Sunderland have done similar previously, but it would go against local reports at the time which claimed the League One club weren’t paying a penny.

L’Equipe report that Kone earns €40k per month from his French club, and a further €60k per month from parent club Sunderland.