Manchester United released their financial results earlier in the week, and they show the true extent of the impact the club’s new signings have had on their wages.
Manchester United brought in the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho as well Tom Heaton, who have contributed to the wage rise.
Heaton was the first to arrive
Goalkeeper Heaton was the first of the quartet to walk through the doors at Manchester United’s AON Training Complex returning to the club for his second spell, on a free transfer from Aston Villa. Although the move came with undoubtedly the least clamour out of the quartet but was seen as equally important to add experience to club’s goalkeeping department by the club’s coach staff.
Sancho’s move to Manchester United finally materialised
The likes of Sancho, Varane would soon follow Heaton to Manchester United, with the duo being of the stature the club’s fans were hoping they would sign, Sancho had been the subject of a protracted transfer chase that eventually did not yield fruitful results for the player and the club, with the Red Devils failing to agree a fee with his former side Borussia Dortmund, despite reportedly having personal terms wrapped. He would eventually join the next summer window.
Varane signing would have fans dreaming
Varane seemed more like a dream signing for Manchester United’s coaching staff and fans alike. The French international defender, who has won so much at both club and international level has shocked many at Real Madrid when he made his intentions of “trying something new” known. United were able to agree a fee with the Spanish giants and Varane became the clubs third signing and second high profile acquisition.
The return of the prodigal son
Then arguably the big fish came with the acquisition of Ronaldo from Juventus. More than the fact that he was returning to Manchester United for a second spell after all he achieved at the club before he left, it was the manner of his return that sparked extra frenzy around his signing. The five time ballon d’or winner shocked many when he requested a transfer away from Juventus so close to the end of the window.
Furthermore, it seemed like Ronaldo was about to do the unthinkable and join Manchester United’s fierce City rivals Manchester City, before a last minute twist. That would also prove to be an expensive twist, with Ronaldo thought to take home between his £480 000-£550 000-a-week in wages.
Wage increase figures confirmed
Now Manchester United have provided a holistic picture of just how much the quartet have contributed to the rise of their wage bill. According to the club’s financial results, the four signings have seen the clubs weekly wage bill rise by £1.3 million. Wages for the three months leading up to September 30 rocketed to £88.5m, a rise of £16.6m and a 23.1 per cent increase on the prior yearly-quarter.
So far the signings have had a mixed impact at Manchester United, with the club struggling for results at the moment. Having spent so much on quality players, the board will undoubtedly be expecting a greater impact from them and a subsequent upturn in results for the team as the season continues