The £35million on wages Manchester United can save this summer
Manchester United can save themselves £35million a year in wages with the players that are set to depart Old Trafford this summer.
Erik ten Hag’s squad features four players that are out of contract at the end of the 2022-23 campaign as well as two loanees. It looks likely that at least one of those players will end up staying put and continuing to play a role next season but nothing is confirmed yet.
By far the most high-profile player that could potentially leave is David de Gea. Manchester United’s No.1 is believed to be paid £375,000 a week, which makes him the club’s best-paid player and the second best-paid player in the Premier League.
De Gea is believed to be keen to remain in Manchester and is reportedly willing to sign a new deal to keep him at the club next season and beyond. However, The Mirror report that the 32-year-old goalkeeper, who is United’s longest-serving player, has rejected the club’s latest extension offer.
“Of course I’ve been here many, many years enjoying every moment in this club, playing many, many games,” De Gea told Sky Sports.
“Of course is great to be here, it’s a massive club, I love the club and I’m really happy here of course. It has been the same over the years, a lot of noise about everything in this club but the players, we just focus on games.
“Especially the one we have on Sunday is a massive one for us because we want to finish in the top four. Like I say we have many, many games so we have to be really focused on training well, recovering well, helping the team and that’s the most important thing, rather than contracts or anything.”
If De Gea were to leave, United can save themselves £19.5million in wages. That could come in handy if the club are looking to recruit a replacement in the summer, with some suggestions that Ten Hag would like a ‘keeper better suited to playing out from the back.
The goalkeeping situation is up in the air all round. The two back-ups are also out of contract in the summer, although they both command a comparatively paltry salary.
Jack Butland joined on loan from Crystal Palace until the end of the season. It’s believed that Butland is paid an annual £1.82million salary. Meanwhile, veteran former Burnley goalkeeper Tom Heaton’s deal runs until the summer. It’s believed that the 36-year-old, who is paid £2.3million a year, has an option to extend.
Elsewhere, Phil Jones – who joined back in 2011 – finally looks set to leave. The defender hasn’t made a single appearance under Ten Hag this season and has only made 13 appearances since the 2019-20 season. It does not appear at all likely that Jones, who is paid £3.9million a year, will extend.
There’s also the January loan signings of Wout Weghorst and Marcel Sabitzer. The striker and midfielder are paid £1.8million and £5.7million a year respectively, and it remains to be seen whether United will pursue the possibility of signing them on permanent deals.
All in all, that amounts to approximately £35million a season. We’ve taken a look through the numbers on Capology of those that could leave this summer and how much Manchester United could potentially save on their salaries:
- David de Gea (out of contract) – £19.5million
- Phil Jones (out of contract) – £3.9million
- Tom Heaton (out of contract) – £2.3million
- Jack Butland (loan) – £1.8million
- Marcel Sabitzer (loan) – £5.7million
- Wout Weghorst (loan) – £1.8million