Alexis Sanchez earning £75,000 for every Manchester United appearance on top of £400,000-a-week wages

Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United has proved to be a disaster (Picture: Getty)

Alexis Sanchez’s staggering wages at Manchester United are boosted by an extortionate ‘appearance fee’ that bags the Chilean an extra £75,000 every time he features for the club.

United tore up their wage structure in order to sign the Chilean from Arsenal 18 months ago, confident the deal represented a coup at the time to see off rivals Manchester City for the forward’s signature.

The club agreed to pay Sanchez a basic wage of close to £400,000-a-week – substantially more than previous top earner Paul Pogba – and included a series of incentives and bonuses based on his time at Old Trafford.

However, Sanchez’s move has proved to be a disaster with the forward scoring just five times in 42 appearances for the club, while the scale of his wages has irked several of his high-profile team-mates.

Sanchez wants to stay at the club (Picture: Eamonn and James Clarke)

The issue of Sanchez’s inflated wages has been raised by the representatives of David De Gea and Ander Herrera during discussions with the club over new deals for the pair, while Marcus Rashford wants around £200,000-a-week to commit his future to the Theatre of Dreams.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is open to selling the forward this summer, primarily because his wages are upsetting the balance of the squad.

Sanchez has started just four games under Solskjaer as he’s struggled for form and with injury.

United’s wage bill increased by over 10% following Sanchez’s arrival and understands it is in part down to hidden bonuses such as a £75,000 ‘appearance fee’ for every time the Chilean steps onto the field.

United’s approach in the transfer market has been naive in the last six years (Picture: Getty)

Since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement in 2013 the club have adopted a scattergun approach to signings, often bowing to the demands of agents.

The club signed Radamel Falcao on a season-long loan from Monaco in 2014 and the deal included an exhaustive list of add-ons.

The Colombian scored just four times during 26 appearances and he started just three times in his final three months at Old Trafford as the club wanted to prevent additional payments.

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