Deal of the summer? Report shares Leeds contribution of astonishing Lasogga salary
By Harry Sykes
Hamburg have committed to paying three-quarters of Pierre-Michel Lasogga’s £50,000-a-week salary while he is at Leeds United, according to a report.
The Yorkshire Evening Post claim that the astonishing salary paid to the striker, 25, by the Bundesliga club is far in excess of United’s normal wage limit.
But it is said that from the outset of transfer negotiations between the two clubs, Hamburg were committed to financing part of a deal.
The result is that the German outfit are subsidising around £37,500-a-week of Lasogga’s salary during his season-long loan, with Leeds making up the remainder.
Lasogga has arrived at Leeds after being deemed surplus to requirements at Hamburg, who he joined in the summer of 2014 for a fee of £8million, even though he has two years left on his lucrative contract.
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The former Germany Under-21 international has slipped down the pecking order but has a fine track record in his homeland.
He has scored 30 goals in 107 matches for Hamburg and struck 24 times in 69 appearances for former club Hertha Berlin.
Football Insider verdict:
This is the deal of the summer from Leeds. Lasogga might have lost his place at Hamburg, but don’t forget they are a top-ten Bundesliga side. He has dropped a division to join the Yorkshire giants and all the signs are that he could be a destroyer of Championship defences this season. Once he gets into his stride, Leeds could have an uber-prolific spearhead on their hands. And they are contributing only a quarter of a salary. Hats off to Andrea Radrizzani and Victor Orta.
In other Leeds United news, the club have secured an out of window striker signing after agreeing the terms of a deal.