Confusion reigns over just how much Manchester United will be paying Radamel Falcao for the duration of his loan spell at Old Trafford, with reports suggesting that he could be on anything from £190,000-per-week to an eye-watering £346,000-per-week.
The Colombian completed his move to the Premier League in the dying minutes of the summer transfer window, initially joining Manchester United on loan with a view of making the deal permanent.
When news of the former Porto man's switch to the north west broke yesterday morning, initial reports claimed he would take home around the £200,000-per-week mark.
Reports claim that a loan fee of around £10 million was paid to Monaco by Manchester United, however how much he will be paid is now the subject of much more speculation. It was subsequently claimed that the Red Devils would have to take on his entire wage packet because Monaco were unwilling to subsidise his move, which means they would have been paying £346,000-per-week. Taxation laws in Monaco mean that figure was required to match his £200,000-per-week wages in Ligue 1.
Both the Mirror and Telegraph (who have now changed their article) carried stories quoting that figure while putting the overall cost of the loan at £24 million - however as the end of deadline day loomed both changed their stories.
The Telegraph then changed their story to claim Falcao would earn a more modest £265,000-per-week wage which put the cost of the overall deal for Manchester United at £20 million. The Independent backed up that figure.
Interestingly, at the same time as the Telegraph published their story claiming that Falcao would be the top earner at Old Trafford above Wayne Rooney, the Daily Mail claimed in their live blog that the striker had agreed to take a wage cut in order to secure his move to Manchester United.
Consensus amongst those in the know in Manchester now put Falcao's wages at around the £260,000-mark, although the exact number remains a mystery.
Regardless of his pay packet Manchester United fans are rejoicing after a successful transfer window in which their team landing no less than six players for just under £170 million. Angel di Maria arrived for a British record transfer fee before deadline day, while a swoop for Daley Blind was also confirmed yesterday.
Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo were all secured with plenty of time to spare.
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