Manchester United paved their own way to the signings of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian by wiping £30 million off their wage bill, reports The Telegraph.
A special report from Mark Ogden claims that the Red Devils will completely cover the wages of Memphis Depay and the aforementioned trio just with the savings made from their more substantial exits.
Louis van Gaal has already spent almost £80m to bring the four names to Manchester United this summer but while they have paid big on transfers, they have seen no significant rise in their annual wage bill.
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Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie and Luis Nani have all left Old Trafford this summer and the combined total of their wages amounts to £30m-a-season. That incredible saving has given them the financial freedom to complete these big deals.
Falcao was the first to leave Manchester United after his season-long loan deal from AS Monaco expired and also the highest earner. Having scored just four goals and generally disappointed, Van Gaal rejected the chance to sign him permanently.
The Colombian earned £265,000-a-week whilst at Old Trafford, which amounted to almost £14m over the course of the season.
Van Persie today completed his £4.7m move to Fenerbahce, but the transfer fee was not nearly as important as alleviating the strain of his £250,000-a-week wages. The Turkish club agreed to match the Dutchman's wages, leaving Manchester United free of financial supplementation.
Nani earned less than half than Van Persie at £110,000-a-week, but Manchester United had to pay those wages in full during his loan spell at Sporting Lisbon, costing the club almost £6m. He too signed for Fenerbahce.
The report names Schweinsteiger as the highest earner of the four new arrivals. He agreed a three-year contract worth £220,000-a-week to sign from Bayern Munich this week. Those wages place him just below the club's highest earners, Angel di Maria and Wayne Rooney.
Schneiderlin and Depay were given deals that will see them earn £150,000-a-week while Darmian was given a comparably paltry £100,000-a-week.
For those of you who haven't done the maths, Manchester United saved £625,000-a-week by letting Van Persie, Falcao and Nani leave.
With their new signings earning a combined £620,000-a-week, the Red Devils find themselves in the incredible position of having saved money on their wage bill.
How do you rate Manchester United's summer transfer business thus far?