Manchester United have reportedly introduced a ‘Cristiano Ronaldo rule’ to ensure no first-team player earns more than £200,000-a-week.
The 37-year-old, who had his contract terminated by mutual consent in November, was believed to be pocketing £480,000-per-week at Old Trafford.
It was revealed in September how the Red Devils had set a Premier League record of boasting the highest wage bill at £384million for the 2021/22 season.
And following Ronaldo’s departure, United have put in place a salary cap to ensure no-one at the Theatre of Dreams is paid drastically more than their teammates.
According to the Daily Mail, boss Erik ten Hag, director of football John Murtough and chief executive Richard Arnold are keen to avoid a culture of jealousy in the dressing room.
And this is set to have an immediate impact on goalkeeper David de Gea, whose £375,000-a-week contract expires in the summer – though United have the option to tie him down for a further year.
It has been stated that the Spaniard has been offered a ‘take it or leave it offer’ in the region of between £180,000-£200,000-per-week.
De Gea recently revealed how he is in talks with United over a new deal as he insisted he wants to finish his career at the club.
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Senior figures such as Bruno Fernandes and Casemiro are understood to be earning within the maximum bracket United are prepared to hand out.
Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are also taking home similar salaries.
Luke Shaw, who is contracted until 2024, will be offered similar terms to De Gea.
But United may have a challenge in trying to persuade Marcus Rashford to agree to that salary, with Paris Saint-Germain prepared to offer him £850,000-a-week, Bild has stated.
Reports in December claimed Rashford was closing in on a new £400,000-per-week deal at United – which he instantly branded as fake news.
The Mail have also declared that United players have wage sanctions written into their contracts should they fail to qualify for the Champions League.
But the club are in a great position to finish in the top four this campaign as they sit fourth in the table having won their last four Premier League games.
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