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David de Gea's contract that took him from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United leaked

Sunaadh Sagar
5.63K   //    22 Feb 2016, 22:14 IST
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Manchester United spent a substantial amount on David de Gea 

Football Leaks are at it again. The website has been on a spree of leaks, releasing images of confidential contracts around the world of football. Having already leaked David de Gea’s botched transfer from Manchester United to Real Madrid in the past, the website has now leaked the details of David de Gea’s transfer deal that took him from Atletico Madrid to Manchester United.

According to the leaked documents, Manchester United paid a total of €18 million for De Gea’s services, with the Red Devils shelling out an additional €7 million in add ons for the Spaniard. Given De Gea’s performances for Manchester United, the fee that Sir Alex Ferguson paid to lure the Spaniard to Old Trafford in 2011, increasingly looks like a smart bargain.

Despite Manchester United’s cash reserves, the English giants paid De Gea’s fee in installments, making an initial payment of €8 million, 21 days after the transfer had been ratified by FIFA’s Transfer-Matching System (TMS). The remaining €10 million was paid a year later, taking the total payment to €18 million, a rather miniscule fee for a goalkeeper who has turned out to be one of the world’s best, after initially struggling at Manchester United.

De Gea’s addon fees are plentiful

While De Gea’s initial fees seem nominal, the addons that United have to pay will add up to a plentiful amount with United being required to pay a sum of €500,000 for every 25 games De Gea played for the club, upto a 100 games.

Manchester United might end up saving a nominal amount next season, with the club looking likely to miss out on the Champions League, as the Red Devils would have to pay Atletico Madrid €500,000 for every group stage appearance, €250,000 for the round-of-16 and €250,000 for a quarterfinal appearance.

In addition, Manchester United have to pay the Spanish club €1 million every time they win the Premier League, with a payment already happening in Sir Alex Ferguson’s last season in charge of the Red Devils.

However, the oddest clause in the contract, is that if Manchester United sell De Gea before June 30th, 2016, the Red Devils will have to pay Atletico a lumpsum amount of €5 million, a scenario that would have happened had De Gea’s transfer to Real Madrid taken place.

With that transfer falling by the wayside, De Gea signed a new contract this summer, that probably gave the Spaniard way more that the moderate wages he earned when he signed - €38,000 per week with a €20,000 appearance bonus.

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