£10.2m boost: Good news for Manchester United is bad news for Paul Pogba

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According to The Sun, Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba doesn’t have a pay parity clause in his contract that would force the club into matching his salary with Alexis Sanchez.

After United procured the signature of Alexis on Monday, reports suggested Pogba could be in line for a payrise to match his £500k-a-week wages. But despite the Frenchman’s agent Mino Raiola desperately trying to add the parity clause to Pogba’s contract upon his 2016 return to United, the club wouldn’t budge.

It means Alexis stays the highest-earner at Old Trafford by some distance, with Pogba second on £300k-a-week – saving the club £10.2m-a-year. The Chilean will also earn £30m as a signing-on-fee, paid over the course of his contract at United. The decision not to agree a parity clause in Pogba’s contract was due to fears that their wage bill could spiral out of control if new players were brought in.

Alexis’s hefty deal was due to a lack of a transfer fee, having joined as part of a swap deal with Arsenal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go in the other direction. The pressure is on his shoulders to start paying back his £500k-a-week deal by getting among the goals early into his United career.

Given the former Barcelona forward scored 24 league goals for Arsenal last season, he could well be an instant hit at Old Trafford.

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