Manchester United could end up forking out more than £118 million for striker Radamel Falcao after landing the Colombian on deadline day yesterday.
Falcao joined the Red Devils on a season-long loan from Monaco, and the club have the option of making the move permanent afterwards.
According to reports Manchester United have forked out £20 million including wages to take Falcao on loan for the 2014/15 campaign, and now the Times claim that they will have to pay £43.5 million to make the deal permanent.
His wages during the initial loan spell are believed to be worth around £265,000-per-week which equates to roughly £55 million if he has handed a long-term deal of four years, which is usually par for the course given his age.
Overall Manchester United could end up paying an eye-watering £118.5 million because of the way that the deal is structured. That is a hefty investment for a 28-year-old who has recently recovered from a serious knee injury - although the club's fans won't mind if he can replicate his goal scoring record of recent years.
He has averaged more than a goal a game since moving to Europe to join Porto in 2009 - and has an envious trophy cabinet including two Europa League trophies and a Portuguese league title, while he also helped Atletico Madrid to win the Copa del Rey in 2013.
His record dipped slightly at Monaco before his season was cut short by a knee injury that prompted him to miss the World Cup - however he appears to be back to his best this season and bagged two goals in three league games before completing his switch to Old Trafford.
The Colombian joins Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria and Daley Blind as new arrivals at Manchester United this summer.
The six set them back around £170 million, although they failed to address key issues like the need for more options at the back and reinforcements in midfield.
Arturo Vidal was regularly linked with a move to Old Trafford but that deal failed to materialise while top targets Mats Hummels and Thomas Vermaelen didn't arrive either.
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