With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reportedly taking a pay cut to join Barcelona, details of the massive dip in earnings he agreed to have seemingly been revealed.
The Gabonese striker has made a bright start to life in Spain with five goals in his first six appearances, including a hat-trick against Valencia, after completing his move to the Catalan giants early in February.
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The Blaugrana had to work late into the January transfer window deadline day to secure the forward's services, with the 32-year-old mutually terminating his deal with Arsenal, which saw him give up a contract worth £300 000 (R6.1 million) a week.
This allowed the Catalan club to sign him as a free agent and register the striker before the LaLiga deadline in the days that followed.
According to finance expert Dr Rob Wilson, as cited by Football Espana, Barca had only €2.5 million (R42 million) remaining in their LaLiga salary cap for the rest of the 2021/22 season when they decided to sign Aubameyang.
As such, the forward agreed to take that amount over the next six months as part of his deal, which runs until 2025, although there is the option of cancelling the contract in 2023.
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As a result, he is now said to be earning about £96 100 (R1.9 million) a week, a big decrease from the £300 000 he was earning weekly with the Gunners.
It is understood, though, that Aubameyang will get an increase in salary at the end of this season, when the Spanish side are expected to renegotiate his deal following an increase to their wage cap courtesy of a restructuring of some of their long-term debt and new sponsorships.
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