Manchester United have been an institution that have vastly overpaid their players in recent years but are those tendencies beginning to change under Erik ten Hag?
Players getting undeserved contracts on wages they simply shouldn’t be on has been a regular occurrence at Old Trafford during the Ed Woodward era.
However, developments so far this summer could suggest that the new hierarchy, led by John Murtough, is looking to change the direction when signing new talent.
The latest news coming from Italian journalist Alfredo Pedulla, who has been ahead of the curve in relation to the Andre Onana deal, says that the goalkeeper has agreed personal terms with the Old Trafford club.
He says that his yearly wage salary on a five year deal will be between £5.5-6 million per year, plus bonuses. This comes to a maximum base salary per week of £115,000 for the shot-stopper at United.
That figure sounds incredible considering that Onana is towards the top of the goalkeeping field across Europe. It is even better when you consider the ludicrous wages that David de Gea was on before departing the club.
When you add to that the fact United seem to be paying around £45 million for the player, and it’s looking like an ideal move for The Reds.
Onana will become the second summer signing after Mason Mount. Despite United paying a £55 million base fee for the midfielder, who had just a year left on his contract, they stuck to their pricing and when you consider the fact he is English, coming from a rival team and, despite having a poor campaign last term, has shown the capabilities to excel in the Premier League beforehand, it isn’t bad business at all.
United’s new no.7 is also reportedly on a base wage of around £200,000-per-week and could rise to 250,000-per-week with bonuses, which is a respectable amount considering the importance he will play at United in the coming years.
Both deals, so far, look like pretty shrewd business by the Reds and most importantly, they were both Ten Hag’s first choice options in their respective positions.
United have rarely been able to secure manager’s first choices in recent years, usually having to settle with second, third or fourth. They do not only seem to be backing Ten Hag with his targets, but they are also working smartly behind the scenes to make the deals worthwhile and fair price – an alien concept to Murtough’s predecessor Woodward.
Now, of course, there remains worries in this department. Some would say that Marcus Rashford’s new stellar contract, reported to be around 375,000-per-week is excessive. Jadon Sancho is supposedly not far behind on 350,000-per-week, however, that deal was brokered as one of Ed Woodward’s parting gifts.
Only time will really tell how good these transfers will be, however, we can only judge on what we are seeing right now and the signs are looking positive.
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