Joel Matip may have joined Liverpool on a free transfer, but his signing on fee and wages suggest he is seen as a key man for the Reds.
News of Matip’s switch to Anfield was confirmed on Monday afternoon, with the giant centre-back moving to Liverpool at the end of the season.
The 24-year-old is one of the most highly-rated defenders in the Bundesliga, with many hailing Jurgen Klopp‘s decision to bring him to Merseyside as a masterstroke.
While Matip’s summer contract expiration allowed Liverpool to sign the Cameroon international on a free transfer, he is still far from a cheap purchase.
According to German publication Bild, via ESPN, Matip will be paid a £3.8 million signing-on fee upon arrival, and will earn approximately £5.4 million a year in wages – just over £100,000 per week.
These figures would suggest that the Schalke man is seen as an important player for Liverpool from 2016/17 onwards, as Klopp looks to find a solution to his side’s eternally creaky back-line.
Mamadou Sakho, Martin Skrtel, Dejan Lovren and Kolo Toure have all failed to consistently shine throughout the campaign, and Matip will likely go straight in as first-choice next season.
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The Cameroonian has spoken glowingly about his imminent move to Liverpool, adding that Klopp was key to his decision.
“Liverpool are a wicked club, and naturally it does not hurt that I already know the coach,” he told Bild.
“I had the feeling that Klopp and Liverpool are ideal for me, but the thought of leaving was naturally not easy for me.”
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