1. Romelu Lukaku
Romelu Lukaku joined Manchester United from Everton last season for a whopping £76m. Everton made a great deal of profit off the Belgian, having signed him for £31m just three years prior to that. Before that, he was at Chelsea but was never viewed as capable of breaking into the first eleven, therefore he was loaned out to West Brom and Everton before being sold.
One can only wonder how much Chelsea regret letting Lukaku go for such a small fee, as the 25-year-old is now worth no less than £90m!
Lukaku’s £200,000-per-week wages are thanks in part to his sublime performances, and also to indicate to other clubs that United are keen on keeping him at the club for the foreseeable future.
2. David de Gea
David de Gea is arguably one of the best goalkeepers in the world and his £200,000-per-week wages reflect that. He’s attracted interest from top clubs around the globe, which is why United had to hike up his wages to such a level in order to fend off a lot of clubs, because other teams would then be unable to match his current wages, save for a select few.
De Gea has remained the first choice keeper at United for some time now, and rightly so. He’s a long way ahead of the other goalkeepers at Old Trafford (Sergio Romero, Lee Grant, Joel Pereira), so his position looks secure.
3. Paul Pogba
Despite having been practically handed to Juventus for free when he was a youngster at United, he defied the odds and showcased his ability in Serie A for all to see. Manchester United resigned Pogba just four years later for a staggering £89m — a classic example of why clubs shouldn’t dismiss youth talent so hastily.
Pogba won the World Cup with France this summer, which will mean a huge spike in his transfer value as top clubs begin to circle the 25-year-old. It also means that United might be prepared to offer him a new contract, with even higher wages to keep him at the club.
4. Alexis Sanchez
At the top of this list, by a huge margin, is Alexis Sanchez.
This signing was a real statement of intent from United. The agreed deal would see Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to Arsenal in exchange for Sanchez. The switch would save a fair amount of money in transfer costs, but the wages per week certainly made up for that, as Sanchez earns £20,800,000 a year purely through his salary at Old Trafford!
However, the Chilean is yet to make a real impact at United, which has left some fans wondering whether the deal was even worth it. But next season will be Sanchez’s first full campaign at the club, as he began his United career mid-way through the season as a result of his January transfer, so then will be the time to prove his worth to the world.
Will he do it? Only time will tell.
Fred joined Manchester United from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m in June. The 25-year-old was highly sought after by clubs all over Europe, but United remained the front-runners throughout, thanks to their huge wealth. They were able to easily afford the transfer cost, and then leisurely lure the Brazilian to Old Trafford by offering him £175,000-per-week, which is a gigantic far cry from the reported £10,000-per-week he was being paid at Shakhtar.
Fred enjoyed a fruitful spell in Ukraine, where he worked on his craft to such an extent that he has joined Manchester United as a fully-developed professional. It’s likely that he’s going to tear up the Premier League this season, pulling the strings in the midfield alongside Paul Pogba. United are to be a force to be reckoned with.