Why Lukaku for 75m is NOTHING for Man Utd, and the elusive £100m Player

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Lukaku training for the first time with United

For those of you living under a rock, Romelu Lukaku has recently signed for Manchester United for a British Record fee of £75 Million. A lot of people in the footballing world have mixed opinions on the move, with some saying it’s a great deal for Everton and Man Utd are being ripped off by the market. However a lot of people don’t realise how much money is in football right now, I looked through some of Manchester United’s finances from the last few years and £75 million isn’t even a dent in their finances.

Transfer records

Top five world record transfers

  • £89m – Paul Pogba – Juventus to Manchester United, 2016
  • £86m – Gareth Bale – Tottenham to Real Madrid, 2013
  • £80m – Cristiano Ronaldo – Manchester United to Real Madrid, 2009
  • £75.3m – Gonzalo Higuain – Napoli to Juventus, 2016
  • £75m – Luis Suarez – Liverpool to Barcelona, 2014; Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United, 2017

Top five British transfer records

  • £75m – Romelu Lukaku – Everton to Manchester United, 2017
  • £50m – Fernando Torres – Liverpool to Chelsea, 2011
  • £47.5m – John Stones – Everton to Manchester City, 2016
  • £44m – Raheem Sterling – Liverpool to Manchester City, 2015
  • £37.1m – Juan Mata – Chelsea to Manchester United, 2014
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The Glazer Family, current owners of the Red Devils

Manchester United had revenue of £600m during the 2015-16 season, $60 million more than both Barcelona and Real Madrid, which were tied with the second-most revenue.

Part of that was the near £100 million earned in the league this year as well, and the £750m from Nike across 10 seasons means that Manchester United are literally rolling in money. £75m? It’s nothing, less than 5% of their total net worth.

With new TV and Broadcasting deals, it’s likely that fees will continue to rise, I’m predicting the first £100m player will be signed next summer but wouldn’t be surprised if this summer someone broke the £100m figure. Some of the names being thrown around are:

 

Kylian Mbappe: Whilst I agree he’s talented I do not think he’s worth that kind of money, maybe in a few years? I’d love to be proven wrong.

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Neymar: The obvious pick, whilst supposedly comfortable at Barcelona and a reported release clause of somewhere between £150m – £200m. He would smash the record, but I don’t think it will happen this window as nobody is likely to buy him.

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Eden Hazard: Been linked with the Real Madrid for a few years and would be a suitable successor to some of the great Galácticos players. Would maybe sneak over the £100m mark?

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Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang: With such a great scoring record he will definitely come with a huge price but again, can’t see anyone buying him, has been linked with a move away but I don’t think he’ll move.

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Marco Verratti: The Italian has been amazing at PSG and I do think Verratti will become an Italian great, whether he moves back to Italy or England or anywhere, I don’t think it’ll be for more than £100m, maybe £60m tops.

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What do you make of the Lukaku move? Do you think he suits Man Utd? Who do you think will be the first £100m player? Thanks for reading!

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