Sancho and Bellingham deals show football finances haven't been hit

Crisis, what crisis? Sancho is set for £340,000-a-week at Man United, Maddison is being bumped up to £100k per week while Bellingham’s wages have shot up by an incredible 35,900 PER CENT… just when clubs were meant to be tightening their belts

  • The coronavirus crisis was expected to have a detrimental effect on finances
  • Europe’s biggest clubs were set to have their purse strings tightened amid crisis
  • But there are some big-money deals that have already occurred this summer
  • Jadon Sancho could soon be set for a sensational move to Manchester United

Just when it appeared the coronavirus pandemic was going to have a detrimental impact on football finances, for many teams the start of the summer transfer window has blown that belief out the water.

Many of Europe’s biggest clubs were expected to tighten their belts after coronavirus rocked football in March but that appears far from the case for some.

There are some big deals in the pipeline – with Jadon Sancho potentially sealing a mega-money move to Manchester United while receiving a bumper salary increase this summer, and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could be in for a big new deal at Arsenal if his demands are met.

Here, Sportsmail has taken a look at some of the big-name players who are set for huge salary increases or who have already agreed lucrative deals in the summer transfer window…

Manchester United are working on a £108million deal for England international Jadon Sancho


Sancho could soon be returning to the Premier League with United hopeful of securing a sensational transfer for the England international from Borussia Dortmund.

Sancho is at the centre of a £108m stand-off between Dortmund and United, but the Red Devils are still hopeful of luring him to Old Trafford as they seek to drive the price down. 

And it has been reported that the 20-year-old winger is set to pocket a huge £340,000-a-week deal if he signs on the dotted line for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

The former Manchester City youngster is set to earn a £150,000-a-week pay rise if the deal goes through.

He would become United’s second-highest paid player behind David de Gea and the third top earner in the Premier League. Not bad for a 20-year-old.

Sancho has reportedly agreed a five-year deal worth £340,000-a-week to join United


It has been a whirlwind time of late for teenage sensation Jude Bellingham, first bursting onto the scene for his beloved club Birmingham City before attracting the interest of Europe’s biggest sides thanks to his fine performances.

And it was Bundesliga giants Dortmund who beat off competition from United to acquire the signature of the 17-year-old midfielder, who has continued to show real maturity well beyond his age.

Dortmund were quick to snap up Bellingham’s services for £25m but it’s his wage increase that stands out.

It is believed Bellingham will earn £52,000-a-week in Dortmund – a substantial increase from the £145 weekly pay packet he had been collecting as part of his schoolboy terms at Birmingham. 

And that works out at a whopping salary increase of 35,900 per cent.

Teenage sensation Jude Bellingham secured a move to Borussia Dortmund from Birmingham


Maddison’s absence for Leicester at the end of the 2019-20 season came as a huge blow for Brendan Rodgers’ side as they fluffed their lines for a Champions League spot, losing out to United on the final day of the season.

But despite missing out on Europe’s elite competition, Leicester appear to have capitalised on the money coming in from the Europa League as they look to tie Maddison down to a lucrative new deal.

The England midfielder is close to finalising a new contract worth £100,000-a-week at the King Power Stadium. 

The new five-year deal is expected to double his salary following two hugely impressive seasons at Leicester, which has seen him earn a spot in Gareth Southgate’s England set up.

James Maddison is on the cusp of signing a new contract at Leicester worth £100,000-a-week


Chelsea were quick to make their moves in the summer window, having initially snapped up Hakim Ziyech for £38m back in February before announcing the £53m arrival of Germany striker Timo Werner. 

Werner – one of the deadliest strikers in world football – signed a sensational five-year deal at Stamford Bridge worth £175,000-a-week.

This is a significant increase on his previous contract at Bundesliga outfit RB Leipzig, with whom he helped fire into this season’s Champions League quarter-finals.

Chelsea fans were delighted with the Werner transfer business as Frank Lampard made a statement of intent in his bid to make inroads on Liverpool and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Chelsea made a statement of intent by signing Timo Werner, who is earning £175,000-a-week


Bayern Munich bolstered their ranks out wide with the brilliant signing of Germany winger Leroy Sane from Manchester City at the beginning of July in a deal worth £55m.

The 24-year-old was holding out for the move to Bavaria for quite some time and finally got his wish to move to the Allianz Arena, where he will earn around £350,000-a-week.

Sane secured a huge uplift on the wages on offer to renew his contract with Pep Guardiola’s side at the Etihad Stadium.

Bayern’s mega-money deal for Sane comes after the German sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury last August, which kept him on the sidelines for the majority of the season at City.

Leroy Sane will earn around a staggering £350,000-a-week at German side Bayern Munich


It is one of the main topics of discussion in football at the moment – will Aubameyang stay at Arsenal or seek pastures new and seal one big contract elsewhere in his bid for the biggest silverware in football?

Arsenal are desperate to tie down their talisman quickly to a new deal after he guided the club to their 14th FA Cup thanks to his heroics against Chelsea while scoring 22 goals in the Premier League – only Leicester’s Jamie Vardy had more with 23. 

And the latest reports coming out are that Aubameyang wants a three-year deal which will take him through to the age of 34 at the Emirates, with earnings of £250,000-a-week.

Such a deal would sky-rocket Aubameyang – currently on £200,000-a-week – up to one of the highest earners in Arsenal’s history, behind the eye-watering £350,000-a-week deal of Mesut Ozil. 

Arsenal are desperate to tie down star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to a new contract

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