Gill admits Ibrahimovic wages out of reach of Man Utd

Manchester United chief David Gill says the Barcelona wages of Zlatan Ibrahimovic make moving for the Swede a non-starter.

Manchester United chief David Gill says the Barcelona wages of Zlatan Ibrahimovic make moving for the Swede a non-starter.

Gill insists United will never compete with Spanish clubs on player wages.

He explained to the Independent: "We are not going to do that [pay big fees for players in their late 20s]. The other issue you face with certain players coming from overseas is the wages. We pay very good wages by English standards but we have never competed against the top Spanish wages or the top Italian wages. We are not going to do that. There is less chance of a top, top player coming from overseas.

"We are not out of the market. We pay excellent wages. But what you read [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic was earning – not that we are interested in him, but just to give you an example – we are not into that [reported to be around £170,000-a-week at Barcelona].

"When Ronaldo went to Real Madrid we made a lot of money out of it and he made a lot of money out of it. We have always had a sensible pay policy that ensures that we can attract and retain top players within the confines of what is good for Manchester United as a whole. And that is what we aim to continue to do."