How £214,000-a-week Manchester United deal collapsed after paperwork row
By Spain correspondent Miguel de Souza
David de Gea was poised to sign a contract with Real Madrid worth £214,000-a-week, according to documents published on the Football Leaks website.
The Manchester United goalkeeper’s proposed switch to the Bernabeu dramatically collapsed on deadline day last summer after the necessary documentation was not processed in time.
Whisteblowers Football Leaks have revealed the details of the proposed transfer for the first time by publishing the six-year contract that had been agreed by De Gea and Real.
It reveals that the goalkeeper would have been paid a basic salary of £9.1million-a-year plus top-up bonuses until June 30, 2021.
De Gea’s £175,000-a-week wages would have been supplemented by an £8.4million signing-on-fee, to be paid in January 2016, together with an additional bonus of £4,700 per month.
In total, De Gea would have earned £66.7million – or £214,000-a-week – over the course of six years, had the deal been completed.
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United accused Real of scuppering the £29million transfer by submitting the necessary paperwork to La Liga headquarters 28 minutes after the Spanish transfer window closed.
The Spanish club, in turn, claimed that United dragged their feet over completing the deal.
De Gea would also have ceded 50 per cent of his image rights to Real, and would have had to have paid the club £387million a year each year if he had pulled out of the contract.
The document – which is entirely in Spanish – also confirms that Real had submitted registration documents for the player with the Spanish Football Federation.
At the time, United insisted that they had behaved professionally with regards to the transfer.