When the last games for last season were played, as usual, the footballing world was quickly driven into transfer gear on who is going where.
The four main transfers were Kylian Mbappe, who allegedly wanted a move to champions league and La Liga Champions Real Madrid, Erling Haaland who wanted a move away from Bundesliga Runners-up Dortmund, Sadio Mane who told his bosses at Liverpool that his time at the club was up and Darwin Nunez who was on the radar of most big European clubs but most importantly the Champion’s League finalists Liverpool.
Now that these deals are done and dusted, we bring you details of the contract each player has signed as we leave you to ponder, who will be worth the money!
MBAPPE SIGNS MOST EXPENSIVE CONTRACT IN FOTTBALL
First PSG were not willing to let Kylian Mbappe go.
PSG’s Qatari owner renewed the Frenchman’s contract at a cost of 435 million euros making his agreement the most expensive in the history of football..
According to the Italian paper ‘La Reppublica’, Mbappe’s 435 million euros is divided into three big parts.
First is Mbappe’s renewal bonus. The player, who before the contract renewal seemed to have agreed everything with Real Madrid, will receive a huge bonus of 100 million euros just for accepting the proposal.
The 23-year-old will also get 50 million euros net a year, which means a total of 150 million over three seasons.
However, this will go up to 300 million through taxes and similar things.
Lastly, PSG had to pay 35 million euros to Monaco. Few knew about this, but there was an agreement between PSG and Monaco that when the former bought the player from the Principality that they would pay Monaco 35 million if he renewed at PSG.
ERLING HAALAND TO MAN CITY
The second transfer was quick because the player made it very clear from the beginning. It involved the transfer of Erling Haaland to Pep Guardiola’s Premier league champions Manchester City.
According to UK newspaper Mirror, Manchester City signed the 21-year-old Norwegian in a stunning overall package worth in excess of £200million.
City triggered the £63million release clause in Haaland’s Borussia Dortmund contract, to beat Champions League conquerors Real Madrid to sign Europe’s most prolific young striker.
Haaland will be one of City’s top earners on a basic salary of £400,000-a-week after agreeing personal terms, putting him on a par with Kevin De Bruyne and ahead of Raheem Sterling and Jack Grealish.
The 21-year-old signed a five-year deal, which will earn him a whopping £104m, with add-ons and performance-related clauses, it will take City’s overall outlay on Haaland through the £200m barrier.
Haaland’s Manchester City contract is also believed to contain a release clause worth £128m which can be activated after his first two seasons at the club.
SADIO MANE TO BAYERN
Then came the Sadio Mane transfer rumours.
Before the Champions League Final in Saint-Denis’s Stade de France in France, Mane made his intentions to leave known to his Liverpool bosses.
The rumours spread like wild fire that the Senegalese Striker was going to German Champions Bayern Munich.
Of course true to the rumours, Bayern placed opening proposals for Mane of £25m and £23.5m with £6.5m in unlikely extras.
The Anfield side rejected the proposals arguing that they wanted a higher fee.
Liverpool wanted to recoup their £34m outlay on Mane when he joined from Southampton in the summer of 2016, plus a small profit.
Liverpool always prides in selling well, but they always make sure they are not an obstacle to players seeking a new challenge that have served them superbly.
Bayern upped the figure to £42.5m for a Ballon d’Or candidate which it has been reported Liverpool have acepted.
Sadio Mane is set to join the German champions reached a €41 million (£35m/$43m) agreement with Liverpool.
Liverpool will receive a €32m (£27m/$34m) fixed fee for the Senegal international, with a further €6m (£5m/$6m) available based on appearances and €3m depending on individual and team achievements.
The transfer fee means that Liverpool have sold the winger for more than the £33.5m (€39m/$40m) they paid to sign him from Southampton in 2016.
Mane has played 269 Games for Liverpool, scored 120 Goals and made 38 Assists.
He has won 1 Premier League trophy, 1 Champions League, 1 Super Cup, 1 Club World Cup, 1 FA Cup and 1 League Cup with the Merseyside club.
The 30-year-old will undergo his Bayern Munich medical next week and will sign a 3-year contract, running until 2025.
DARWIN NUNEZ TO LIVERPOOL
When Liverpool was notified by Mane of his departure, they had to quickly and quietly start planning for his replacement.
Of course the club is not short of good strikers, but the Manager Jurgen Kloop is trying to build an invisible Liverpool and the strikers department is an important piece of the whole system.
With Mane and Origi gone, Klopp had to look for reinforcements in the striking department, even though he already has four in Salah, Diaz, Firmino and Jota.
None fitted the bill than Benfica’s Darwin Nunez who by the way scored against Liverpool twice across the two legs of their champions league quarter final battle with Benfica.
However, before the two ties, Liverpool had been tracking Darwin Nunez for years.
It was around 2015 when a Liverpool scout based in South America spotted the young Uruguayan striker playing for Penarol’s under-19s.
Since then, Liverpool tracked Nunez’s progress as he went from making his debut in place of ex-Liverpool player Maxi Rodriguez for Penarol in November 2017 to his move to Almeria, in Spain’s second division, in 2019.
His 16 goals in 32 appearances were part of the reason Benfica broke their club-record fee to sign him for €24 million in September 2020.
In the same way that Liverpool quietly watched Luis Diaz at Porto, they were watching Nunez at Benfica.
The striker, who has 11 caps for Uruguay, scored 26 goals in 28 league games in 2021-22 – with 25 of those goals coming in the 24 league matches in which he started.
He also scored six times in 10 Champions League games last season, including against Liverpool in both legs of their quarter-final in April.
With his blistering performance in the two ties, Klopp had to give a thumbs up to the purchase of the “extremely good-looking boy”.
Darwin Nunez became the most expensive signing in Liverpool’s history, for a club-record £85m; the Uruguay forward signed a six-year contract at Anfield.
The upfront fee of £64m will rise to £85m should Nunez reach a number of milestones outlined in his agreement, which range from scoring goals to winning the Champions League.
The club have reportedly pledged around £43.7 million in wages over the course of six years, with Nunez earning close to £140,000 a week with £21.34 million in add-ons.
This puts him below the very top earners at Anfield such as Virgil van Dijk, Mohamed Salah and Thiago.
So, as we wait for the start of the new season, who of the four strikers will be worth the money?
By Grapevine sports team