United winger gets serious dough
21 February 2012
MANCHESTER UNITED are to open talks with Nani over a megabucks new four-year deal — worth a whopping £130,000 a week. The champions are ready to spend after raking in a record £175million profit in six months.
United also cut their debts in the second half of last year with the money owed to the Glazer family, under the terms of their takeover, reduced from £508m to £439m.
Portuguese winger Nani, 24, has two years to run on his current contract, worth £90,000 a week. He is perfectly happy at Old Trafford — despite interest from Juventus and AC Milan — and there are no problems over the terms of his offer.
The £18m buy from Sporting Lisbon in 2007 took time to find his feet in England but was last term voted United's players' player of the year.
Now United will rocket him into the same pay bracket as their highest earners.SunSport revealed in November that the Old Trafford paymasters pencilled in talks for early this year.
Those discussions are set to begin over the next week to extend Nani's stay until 2016. Boss Alex Ferguson is convinced Nani can develop into a similar player to Cristiano Ronaldo and become a Reds legend.
The mercurial star began this season in superb form and returned to the side for last week's Europa League win in Ajax after being out for nearly a month with a foot injury.
United released figures for the last six months of 2011 which show they will still be kings of Manchester off the pitch... even if their neighbours and Premier League leaders City take their title.
The £175m profit is £18.5m up on the same period in 2010, an increase of almost 12 per cent.
This season's Champions League flop means figures for the next six months are likely to be less impressive.
And while United remain England's richest club, they fell further behind Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona in football's money league.
Their match-day revenue was up from £52.4m to £54.5m. Media increased from £53.7m to £60.9m and commercial revenue from £50.4m to £58.6m.