You said Roma owed him £65k a week, right here;
Here's what I said...:
So that €2.3M figure is for take home pay (i.e. after taxes)
Before taxes that equates to €4.0M per year (assuming a 43% Italian tax-rate)
That equals €77K per week
Or in sterling terms, Roma was on the hook to pay Doni roughly £65K per week
So here's where tax differences between the various countries causes difficulties for English Clubs.
With the higher tax-rate in Britain (50%), if Doni was going to be on the same take-home wages, Comolli & JHenry would have to pay out €4.6M per year (as opposed to the €4.0M that Roma was paying out). In British terms that's ~£4.05M per year (or £78K per week).
£78K per week here @ Liverpool... just to keep Doni on the same take home wages that he had @ Roma.
So the equivalent weekly salary for him in England is £78K.
Sure Roma either gave him a 1X payoff to leave or are significantly contributing to his wages, but it's safe to say that we are AT A MINIMUM ON THE HOOK for paying Comolli's initial offer to him...£30K per week.
Is he an upgrade from last year's #2...? Yes
Does he bring with him significant experience that Kenny was looking for...? Yes
But does he also bring with him outrageous wages for a #2 GK...? YesIn bringing Doni on board at those wages, Kenny & Comolli have made Doni the highest paid dedicated #2 GK in the entire world by a wide wide margin
- Shay Given had his wage packet in place when he was a dedicated #1, before he was demoted
- Brad Friedel moved to Tottenham @ £30-40K per week as 'Arry's new #1, not as a dedicated back-up
- Enyeama actually signed as a dedicated #2 @ LOSC, for the going rate £17K per week... a far cry from what Doni is making
There isn't another team on Earth who brought in a dedicated #2 GK at this wage structure. It's well beyond the going rate for dedicated #2 GKs.What Kenny & Comolli have done is an unprecedented move.
For a player who might play 8-10 cup games tops, shelling out this kind of money for the dedicated #2 GK (and it's likely more than £2M per year considering he was just making the equivalent of £4M per year last season), on the face of it just seems like a lot.
I'm not doubting them, just pointing out that it's a ton of money for a player who will likely never play... And that I can think of a bunch of other places associated with Liverpool FC where the difference in salary between what we are paying Doni and what typical dedicated #2 keepers are making is probably better spent.
Anyway, my point is just that it is fair enough that we upgraded the #2 GK position, but IMO at these wages it doesn't come across as the most creative bit of business. That's all I'm getting at...