Wayne Rooney is set to return to Everton after accepting a huge cut in wages.
However, Manchester United will have to cough out millions to pay up the final year of his contract.
Sportsmail reports that Rooney has agreed to a salary reduction of around 50%, to facilitate a return to the club he left 13 years ago.
The 31-year-old earns upwards of £300,000-a-week at Old Trafford after sponsorship add-ons. His wages at Everton will be closer to £150,000.
Paying up the final season of the four-year deal Rooney signed in 2014, could cost United more than £15million, with the potential of a loyalty bonus on top of his salary.
The club’s policy saw Rooney’s basic wage of £230,000 a week dropped to £180,000 last season, after United’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.