Manchester United star Bruno Fernandes is reportedly aiming to triple his current wages with a new contract.
Fernandes made an instant impact upon joining the Red Devils in January 2020 and has gone on to become the club’s talisman courtesy of his goals, assists and leadership over the past two years.
The 27-year-old signed a reported £180,000-a-week contract after joining from Sporting Lisbon but his influence has since outgrown his salary, while several other stars currently earn more.
And according to The Athletic, the playmaker is now looking “for parity” with the Man United squad’s leading salaries, which would take his wages up to astronomical heights.
Cristiano Ronaldo (£400,0000-per-week) and David de Gea (£375,000) are United’s highest earners while Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Anthony Martial, Jadon Sancho, Edinson Cavani and Marcus Rashford also earn more than Fernandes at around £200,000-per-week.
The Old Trafford club offered to bump up the midfielder’s salary last year which failed to meet his expectations.
Yet, despite his lofty demands, the report claims United are relaxed about the situation due to Fernandes still having over three years left on his contract.
That means the club can afford to wait until May to resume negotiations, by which time manager Ralf Rangnick will have a far greater idea of which he players he wants to keep and Fernandes’ future role.
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The Portugal international has had a hugely underwhelming season for the Red Devils so far despite the arrival of his compatriot Ronaldo.
His tally of seven goals this season has been less impressive than in previous campaigns, though the team as a whole has largely under-performed since September.
Fernandes remains the third highest Premier League goal-scorer (33) since his arrival, only bested by Mohamed Salah (45) and Harry Kane (34).
He has also notched a remarkable 22 assists to his name in that time.
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