Arsenal right not to go for £100million striker

So Falcao is off to Manchester United for a reported £6,000,000 deal, with Manchester United also expected to cover his wages. A lot of people are screaming ‘Why were Arsenal not in for him’ and perhaps for justifiable reasons.

Over the season, Falcao will cost Manchester United £18,000,000 in wages (the figure of £9.5m is the Net figure). Expensive, yes, but £24,000,000 for a player who could score the goals to drive Arsenal to the league title, it, on paper, is a steal.

However, the finances do not add up as clear as that.

Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil are currently Arsenal’s highest earners. Both on around £140,000 a week. That is £210,000 less than Falcao. Now it is highly likely that both have, in their contracts, a parity clause, meaning that were we to sign someone, they both get a wage increase.

So we are then in a situation here signing Falcao on £350,000 a week wages would trigger an increase in both Sanchez and Ozil to the same wages. Now lets do the math:

Falcao loan fee: £6million
Falcao wages: £18million
Sanchez payrise: £11million
Ozil payrise: £11million

Total cost over next 12 months to sign Falcao: £46million

But it is not over there. Sanchez and Ozil both have 4 years on their contract. There pay rise will be relevant for their entire contract. This will work out at approximately £40million each.

So what does this cost?

Falcao loan fee: £6million
Falcao wages: £18million
Sanchez payrise: £40million
Ozil payrise: £40million

Total cost of Falcao deal: £104,000,000

And then take into account that the rumours are that Manchester United have a compulsory purchase order of anywhere between £45m – £65m.

And this is without taking into account that the agents of Aaron Ramsey, Theo Walcott, Per Mertesacker and more will be knocking on the door as soon as they hear players earning 3 or 4 times the amount as them.

As for Manchester United, Wayne Rooney is already on £350,000 a year, so signing Falcao will not trigger any wage increases for other players.

Yes, Falcao would have been a brilliant addition to the Arsenal squad, but at a suspected cost of over £100,000,000, I would rather we left it.



10 thoughts on “Arsenal right not to go for £100million striker

  1. Colin

    But we did give them £16 million towards the deal and cleared Danny’s £105K per week Salary off of their books. Then, if they finish above us in 4th place which is very feasible, we will have lost our ECL money for 15/16 too. We shall see how the season pans out, but we needed defensive players in reality more than Danny. I know that sounds pessimistic, but Chelsea, Man City, Liverpool look very strong this season. Has Falcao and not forgetting Blind added the final piece to Man U’s jig-saw?

  2. Andreas

    Stay with your misery then Mr Keenos as you did all those past years because with this attitude and Mr Wenger will never be able to compete the other top teamas which ridiculate us every year.

  3. Dirk Fennell

    If we had promised him Champion’s league football would wages have been the same?
    Lot of assumptions in article but if he pushed us to the league and quarter or semi final of Champions league, surely worth it.

  4. rellends

    everyone is taking it as a cert that falcao will hit the ground running and start scoring immediately. he probably will but there is no need to assume that given a lengthy lay off and lack of match practice, who is to say he actually does? i’m sounding like wenger now when i say it would make me feel uncomfortable the amount of cash he’d be taking home. i prefer the hypothesis of domino theory – in that hopefully it took falcao going to united in order for us to get welbeck. but then probably in saying that he’ll have a nightmare and won’t score for 3 months. but there is a perfect script for him to make his debut at the emirates against man city though. huge incentive for a former true red. just don’t get sent off in the first 10 minutes or score a 97th minute own goal in a 3-2 city victory.

  5. Chris

    Just to point out that normally the wage increases for other players don’t count if the player comes in on loan. So Özil and Sanchez wages wouldn’t have gone up…. Otherwise rooneys and RVPs would have making your argument null and void anyways

  6. NW

    Falcao … not convinced about him particularly with that sort of money.

    Many already pointed out. He does nothing well except scoring. So the best he can do would be RVP or the Bitting guy minus their assists.

    There should be other players if Arsenal can/ agree to spend that sort of money…. hell ! 1 million would have gotten Surez already and at least the bitting guy proves his value while Falcao can’t line up first place in … France.

    People talk about Arsenal alway picking up guys released by big teams when they are clearly talking about Ozil and Sanchez… at least they were not out injured like Falcao!!!

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