Today’s issue of Gazzetta dello Sport detailed Juventus’ pay roll, which amounts to €294M and is the highest in Serie A by a significant margin, as Inter come in second at €139M. Cristiano Ronaldo leads the way with his €30M, followed by Matthijs De Ligt with €8M, Gonzalo Higuain with €7.5M, Paulo Dybala with €7.3M, Aaron Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot with €7. In the €6M range there are Miralem Pjanic (€6.5M), Douglas Costa, Mario Mandzukic, Sami Khedira and Leonardo Bonucci (€5.5M). The next tier includes Alex Sandro and Emre Can (€5M), while Federico Bernardeschi and Danilo earn €4M per year. It transpires that the management was pretty lavish with the newcomers.
The veterans Giorgio Chiellini, Blaise Matuidi and Juan Cuadrado make €3.5M annually, like the starting goalie Wojciech Szczesny and Daniele Rugani. Among the regulars, Mattia De Sciglio (€3M) and Rodrigo Bentancur (€2.3M) are the cheapest. Gianluigi Buffon signed a one-year, €1.5M contract, while Merih Demiral penned a five-year, €9M deals (€1.8M per season). Third stringer Carlo Pinsoglio has the lowest one with €300k. All the wages are net. Tuttomercatoweb put together the richest Serie A XI and Gianluigi Donnarumma, Kalidou Koulibaly (€6M), Alexis Sanchez (€5M) and Romelu Lukaku (€7.5M) were the only non-Bianconeri to crack it.
De Ligt, Danilo, Rugani, Bentancur and Demiral are the only ones with contracts that last until 2024, while Ramsey, Rabiot, Bonucci, Pjanic and Sandro are tied to the club until 2023. Matuidi, Cuadrado, Chiellini and Pinsoglio have expiring deals.
Staying on the money talk, the football observatory CIES estimated that Juventus spent €700M to put together the current squad, which is the fifth most expensive one in Europe. Manchester City tops the ranking and were the only team to break the €1B threshold. PSG and Real Madrid invested over €900M and also Manchester United comes before the Old Lady with €751M.
FIFA intermediary Giovanni Branchini stated yesterday to Daily Mail that Manchester United pushed hard to acquire Douglas Costa, but Massimiliano Allegri and Maurizio Sarri never considered selling him despite the injury problems. “He is a professional and he is capable of adapting to everything. He did well in Ukraine, which is completely different from Brazil,” Branchini told Sky Sport, “He loves Juventus but he can adjust to any scenario. Premier League is a great but so far United did not manage to convince Juventus to sell him. He stayed and he is a champion.”
However, Douglas Costa himself disputed the remarks on Instagram: “I deny the news that indicated that I was negotiating with some clubs during the summer. I have been clear in my desire to stay at Juventus to win titles and give my blood to this jersey right from the beginning. Junior Mendoza is my only agent and the only person who is authorized to negotiate on my behalf.”
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