Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has agreed personal terms with Shandong Luneng that will see him become one of the highest paid players in world football.
The 30-year-old signed a new two-year deal at Old Trafford at the end of last season that earned him an astonishing £180,000-a-week at the Theatre of Dreams.
However, the Belgian is surplus to requirements now that Jose Mourinho has departed and United are keen to get the midfielder off their books.
United still have to agree a fee with the Chinese club for the deal to go through but Fellaini is set to earn an eye-watering £18m-a-year once it is completed.
The Belgian’s pay will be boosted to around £365,000-a-week, meaning he’ll earn around £9m-a-year after tax. Lionel Messi was on around £330,000-a-week before signing a new deal with Barcelona last summer that put him closer to £500,000-a-week.
That is still behind Brazilian star Neymar, who earns an astonishing £23m-a-year at Paris Saint-Germain. Nevertheless, Fellaini will soon be in star-studded company once his deal is completed in the coming days.