- Ousmane Dembele: Extension of a fixed salary cut of 40%, according to the Spanish press
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- Paul Pogba: 18 (Manchester United) to 10 million euros per year (Juventus Torino).
- Romelu Lukaku: from 18 (Chelsea) to 8.5 million euros per year (Inter Milan).
- Paulo Dybala: from 9.5 (Juventus Turin) to 6 million euros (Roma).
- Alexandre Lacazette: salary cut by 55%
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We can add to the list Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and many others who have taken the initiative in recent months. “The football economy is no exception to the rule and is collapsing. This is the reason why there are more and more players signing with them.tells Lauren Schmidt, a sports agent. When clubs have the means, they would rather pay off signing bonuses than put in an effort over several years.“Because if the salary drops, this is not necessarily the case for their total income: players at the end of their contract can stand on their feet with these famous bonuses. Thanks to bonuses of all kinds, Dembele can receive what he received by his extension (net 10 million euros). ).
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Pogba, earned 2.5 million signing bonus. The world champion, like Romelu Lukaku, also benefits from “Decreto Crescita,” a measure that allows anyone who has traveled abroad for two years to benefit from a 30% tax cut over a five-year period. On her return to work in Italy. Bonus mitigates, again, lower rewards. Lemar, like Umtiti before him, loses his salary but gains contract years. In the end, the amount he charges is settled but the player is not necessarily a loser.
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“But there is a real trend today among gamers: to wait for the end of the contract, to take over the bank. However, not everyone is Mbappe. Pogba or Dembele underperformed and the market reaction made sense. Because the clubs, contrary to what they want us to believe, did not fight to get it“A good expert in the market teaches us. And it is very easy to understand why Neymar did not move this summer. With a salary of 37 million euros until 2027, why would the Brazilian go elsewhere to earn less?
The first division takes the bull by the horns
Serie A decided to regulate its wages. Juventus realized that by offering expensive contracts to players who didn’t always deserve it (Aaron Ramsey or Adrien Rabiot for €7m a year), they found themselves unable to sell them, and could pull them off like balls for several accounting years. That is why she did not give in to the demands of Paulo Dybala. And why did Milan prefer letting Gianluigi Donnarumma go last year or, this season, Frank Kessie at the end of the decade.
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Clubs across the Alps have reorientated themselves towards selective contracts by linking player reward more to performance. Thus Zlatan Ibrahimovic receives the lowest salary of his career (1.5 million euros per year) but is supplemented by bonuses according to the number of appearances and goals.
The Premier League, with its unparalleled television rights, could continue to offer old-world salaries and transfer fees. But for players like Lemar, who don’t care about PSG, City, Barça or the Premier League, it may be necessary to resolve the review of their claims to the bottom.
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