Bonus clauses see Sanchez deal 'worth a potential £25m a year'
Manchester United gave Alexis Sanchez a contract that could earn him more than £25 million a year should he hit all his bonuses, including £75,000 for every game he starts, according to the latest Football Leaks revelations.
The confidential contract information of a number of leading Premier League players has been published by the German magazine 'Der Spiegel' in the book 'Football Leaks: Uncovering The Dirty Deals Behind the Beautiful Game', laying out the eye-watering terms for some of the big recent deals.
Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal in a deal in which Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way, is alleged to earn a basic salary of £391,000 a week, with £75,000 paid as a bonus for every first-team game he starts. The book's allegations, published by the 'Daily Mail', also claim that the 29-year-old, who has a five-year deal, is entitled to a £1.1m annual fee. In addition, he could earn £2m for reaching a combination of 40 goals and assists; £1m if United win the Champions League; and £500,000 for winning the Premier League.
Arsenal replaced Sanchez with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, whose contract details 'Der Spiegel' also claim to have seen, including a £2.26m Champions League bonus he will allegedly receive despite Arsenal finishing sixth this season.
Aubameyang will earn £198,000 a week, totalling £10.3m annually, with a £15.15m loyalty bonus payable over the next three years. He will earn £300,000 for getting a combined 25 goals and assists in a season and £50,000 for each match he starts that Arsenal win.
Mkhitaryan will earn £7.5m annually at Arsenal for three years and that will rise to £12.5m if the club keep him.By comparison, Mohamed Salah at Liverpool is on a weekly wage of £123,030 and has hit his £2.5m bonus target of 35 combined goals and assists. Virgil van Dijk, Salah's £70m team-mate, earned a weekly basic wage of £124,658, with a £6m payment on signing. (© Daily Telegraph, London)