A bookmakers has made Manchester United the favourite to become the first club to pay a player more than £500,000 a week.
Following the Premier League’s record-breaking domestic TV rights deal negotiated with BT and Sky, bookmakers Paddy Power has issued odds on which club will be first to break the salary milestone and which will be the first to break the league’s all time transfer fee record.
United are favourites on both fronts with odds of 2/1 on becoming the first to broker a £500,000 a week salary and 9/1 to break the transfer record for both.
The 20-time English champions are already the record holders for both biggest contract and biggest fee spent.
United have splashed out a league record £170m under Louis van Gaal this season, including £66m on Angel Di Maria - the biggest transfer fee ever paid by a Premier League club. Loan signing Radamel Falcao is the Premier League’s highest paid player with a contract worth £346,000 a week.
Following United, local rivals Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal have respective odds of 23/10, 11/5 and 10/1 to pay a £2m a month salary. Paddy Power has placed odds of 11/1 for Chelsea to break the transfer record with City not far behind at 12/1.