Manchester United clear £30m off wage bill to fund spending spree
Manchester United have paved the way for the arrivals of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian by clearing £30million from last season’s wage bill with the departures of just three players.
Louis van Gaal’s team, who arrived in Seattle on Tuesday on the first leg of United’s four-game tour of the United States, have been boosted by the signings of Depay, Darmian, Schweinsteiger and Schneiderlin for an outlay of £76.7m so far this summer.
But United will almost cover the salaries of the new arrivals by allowing Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao and Nani to leave Old Trafford and come off the club's wage bill.
Falcao, whose season-long loan move from Monaco last season, has since sealed a similar transfer to Chelsea after being sent back to France by United.
But the Colombian forward cost United £13.7million in wages alone due to his £265,000-a-week salary at Old Trafford, which was substantially less than his £330,000-a-week deal at Monaco.
Van Persie is close to completing a £4.8million move to Turkish club Fenerbahce, three years after sealing a £24million transfer from Arsenal to United.
The Dutchman earned £250,000-a-week in a United shirt, taking his annual salary at the club to £12million.
And Nani, who spent last season on loan at Sporting Lisbon, remained a drain on the Old Trafford payroll due to United paying his £110,000-a-week wages in full during his campaign in Portugal as part of the deal which saw defender Marcos Rojo leave Sporting for United.
United - who have been linked with a move for Robert Lewandowski - are understood to be paying Schweinsteiger in excess of £220,000-a-week over his three-year contract, with Depay and Schneiderlin securing deals worth £150,000-a-week and Darmian in the region of £100,000-a-week.