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Striving to emulate Barcelona`s approach to the game and make any future encounters between the two sides take place on a level playing field, could see salaries hiked at Old Trafford.

The rumour-mill implies that Wesley Sneijder is looking for a weekly salary of £250,000 to move to Old Trafford, a mind-boggling amount which equates to a £1,000,000 a month.

But, one source in the national press infers that there is a clause, how true it is we`re unable to comment on, that Wayne Rooney, in renegotiating his deal last season during his stroppy phase, has to remain the highest paid player at the club.

So, if true, unless Sneijder`s negotiations can force his salary down, our wage bill could increase further.

Any rumblings of discontent could escalate with those on a lower scale that the two mentioned possibly also wanting a slice of the cake!

It makes you wonder where it`ll all end does it not?

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Writer:Red Boy
Date:Wednesday July 13 2011
Time: 4:40PM


I'd sooner give Sneijder a miss if it meant paying him that sort of money though I suspect this is just tabloid nonsense.
13/07/2011 17:16:00
I believe there's gotta be some truth to it but probably just exaggerated. I want someone signed soon though and would happily give Sneijder that money if he signed on for 5 years.
13/07/2011 20:23:00
Sneijder is not coming, it's all tabloid nonsense but i hope i eat my words as he's exactly what we need!
14/07/2011 06:24:00
I think the whole Rooney saga has opened a can of worms at united - you couldn't afford to lose him, especially if the rumours about him getting ready to sign for us (GOD FORBID!!!!!!!!) were true, it would have been just too big a bolow to united's image, and probably your title would have walked out the door with him. Now however, players will look at the deal handed to rooney (approx £350k per week including image rights, as revealed in the court proceedings against his former agents) and tell their agents that they want a slice of the pie. The rumours doing the rounds about Nani possibly being sold are down to his allegedly wanting more cash, and ferguson will probably try to make an example out of him by getting rid instead of letting him blackmail the club into a much better remunerated contract. The problem with signing someone like Sneijder and having yet another player on £200k+ per week is that it drives a coach and horses through your wage policy once and for all. Having Rooney on huge wages is one thing, but having another player on similar will make everyone want the same. Ferguson's fear tactics might just be enough to keep the lid on for now, but god help his successor in trying to keep all the egos happy.
14/07/2011 09:49:00
Its not down to Rooney, Rooney demanding a higher wage is a symptom of the current state of world football. Chelsea started the trend years back, and it is now followed by City, both clubs, have unlimited finances, and it red numbers does not matter. City now have to pay well over the odds in salaries to attract quality players, much like Chelsea did, and both clubs, can always outbid other clubs, both regarding transfer fee's and salaries. Obviously when a player like Rooney sees that Viera is on 200k£ + extra, he and other players wants more money, it is an uhealthy spiral, that will continue, because of the big money takeovers. Something has gone terrible awry when a club has pays out higher wages than it turnsover, no other business can sustain that. Sneiders demand is not down to Rooney alone, but the latest development in football, driven by clubs, like Chelsea and City.
14/07/2011 14:59:00
Nerdy! still swallowing the press gubbins about Vieira being on £200k per week are you? You must either be pretty gullible or pretty hate filled to believe chuff like that mate. Manchester City actually tweeted that this was untrue, and that his salary was around about the £20k per week mark with performance-related bonuses. P.S. Your club were the top of the league when it came to wage bills for over a decade, now it is only Chelsea and City (marginally) that have outstripped you. But don't let the facts get in the way of a good argument eh?
14/07/2011 18:13:00
Swallowing press gubbins?! Coming from the guy who thinks Rooney is on 350k a week whilst being completely ignorant of Toure's 200k a week. Rooney, just to clarify is on 250k, a lot yes but still not the highest paid player in football so why people shudder at his wages when there's worse is beyond me. Atleast we can justify Rooney's wages when it comes to club image, advertising, etc, etc as that earns us a heck of a lot more. As for Nani, from the quotes i've read he's as happy as can be, more press gublin. I also love how you forget to mention that despite having the biggest wage bill we still pay our way and maintain hefty profits season in, season out whilst, if I remember correctly, you and Chelsea have been announcing losses season in, season out. Fergie caved and there's no way I'll ever agree with the wages given to him, in fact i'm still****ed off about the whole incident but I can't see it happening again anytime soon and I think the players know that.
14/07/2011 19:44:00
Filth You miss the point, City had a wage bill that was higher than their turnover, recording the second highest loss, next after Chelsea! United pay Hugh wages, but as N7 says, United as business is extremely sound, that is has been highly leveraged with debt, does not tale away that it has and still generates a high operating profit, and herein lies my point, City and Chelsea are have put any sound ways of running a business, and has directly
14/07/2011 20:41:00
Influenced the level of wages in European football. 350k a week, do You seriously believe that, get real.
14/07/2011 20:44:00
OK folks, let me spell it out for you in PLAIN ENGLISH and straightforward mathematics. Rooney was sued by his former agent - everyone agree that happened? OK. In the court proceedings it was revealed that Rooney earned £760K per month in image rights (these are paid by Manchester United to Wayne Rooney). Rooney then gives £152k per month to his agents. Now here's the hard bit. £760-152 = 608. If you divide that by 4, you end up with a figure of £152K per week that your club pays to Wayne Rooney in image rights. On top of his old salary of £90k per week (before he blackmailed you into a huge raise). that would see his earnings stand at £242k per week before tax. Are you keeping up? Now given Famous has clarified that Rooney's wages are now a ridiculous £250k per week, it would seem I underestimated his earnings (humble apologies) and he is actually on just over £400k per week. Still keeping up with me? His wages may be £250k, but your club is paying him $400k per week, or £1.6m per month. No other player in the premier league comes close. All of the information cited in my post is from official court proceedings - not made up by some tabloid, not exaggerated and not blown up by me. It is cold hard fact, and it is therefore undeniable. All of this information is freely available to anyone who cares to spend a few moments looking for it, so please feel free to investigate for yourselves. (it's possible those figures have increased now BYW) Can I also point out that the mighty reds have posted losses for the last three years, with last year's £109m being a club record? So you aren't currently paying your way out of your huge profits because they don't exist. Just to aid you on your road to actually finding out what is going own at your very own club I will post a couple of links. My apologies if this post is a bit long for some of the more obvious A.D.D. sufferers like reddickedkylie, nerdkrap or rooneyisodd, but at leat Famous should be able to get through it all.
14/07/2011 22:14:00
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