Manchester United have committed a quite staggering outlay of €160m on the deal to bring Angel di Maria when transfer fees, wages and add-ons are all factored in, with the Argentine star guaranteed a net salary of £230,000-a-week which actually makes him the highest earner at Old Trafford by some distance.
Di Maria completed a British transfer record move to Man United last night after signing a five-year at the Theatre of Dreams, but Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles has this afternoon provided a breakdown of quite astonishing cost of the deal for United, which far exceeds the initial €75m fee.
Castles believes Di Maria is guaranteed €8m-a-year after tax in a blockbuster United contract, which when added to performance-related bonuses and add-ons paid to Madrid means the Red Devils could have shelled out €160m on their marquee summer signing by 2019.
Wage bracket smashed to pieces
United have set a dangerous precedent by making Di Maria the third player on a blockbuster wage well in excess of £150,000-a-week, alongside Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie.
Rooney signed a lucrative new long-term contract February and thanks to a new agreement over image rights and commercial deals has serious earning power moving forward, but that still doesn't compare to Di Maria's enormous basic wage.
Madrid have also structured the Di Maria exit deal to ensure they receive another €15m if United flourish over the next few years, with additional payment due for trophies, appearances and other incentive-based bonuses.
United will hope Di Maria delivers to the extent that they have Champions League football back as a matter of urgency, with the financial ramifications far more unthinkable than eventually totting up the transfer fee due to Madrid to around €90m.
Pressure to deliver
New United boss Louis van Gaal has gone out on a limb and sanctioned an eye-watering outlay to make Di Maria his fourth major summer signing, with the sums involved ensuring there is pressure on to deliver from the outset.
Di Maria arrives at the Theatre of Dreams with a proven track record at the highest level for club and country, but even the Argentine wing wizard alone might not be enough to halt a worrying malaise at United on his own.
The 26-year-old could well make his debut against Burnley at Turf Moor this Saturday, with little room for error as Van Gaal goes in search of his first win as United manager at the fourth attempt against the newly-promoted outfit.
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