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Zlatan Ibrahimovic's knee injury could cost stricken Manchester United hitman up to £30million

Mirror logo Mirror 10/05/2017 Alex Richards

Credits: REUTERS © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: REUTERS Zlatan Ibrahimovic stands to lose up to £30million next year. 

The Swede bagged 28 goals for Manchester United before seeing his Old Trafford career halted by a knee injury.

Now, the veteran striker's career with the Red Devils is effectively over, with United not set to take up a 12-month option on his one-year deal.

And according to the Spiegel magazine reporters who worked on the information released by Football Leaks, detailing the mammoth figures involved in his contract with United, Zlatan stands to lose a fortune due to injury.

Numbers in Ibrahimovic's highly-detailed, 36-page contract show that he has earned wages totalling £19.1million in his year at United - an astonishing £367,640 per week.

And the hitman's contract, put together by long-time agent Mino Raiola, also featured an astounding bonus structure.

Credits: PA © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: PA The terms of the ex-Barcelona and PSG star's contract meant that he was due a bonus payment for every five goals notched during his debut campaign.

It's claimed his debut goal against Leicester notched a £235,000 payment, before goal No.6 - against Zorya Luhansk in the Europa League - earned another £395,000.

Further payments of £555,000, £715,000 and £851,000 came with goals 11, 16 and 21.

Had Ibrahimovic managed to reach 36 goals, he would have landed a final payment of £1.91million.

Ibrahimovic's knee injury, picked up on April 20, means he's unlikely to play again in 2017.

And it wrecked an automatic clause in his contract dictating that if he started 31 Premier League matches - or if United finished in the top three - he would automatically earn a new deal; he was injured having played 27, with seven league games remaining.

As such, with staged Champions League bonus payments next term also, assuming United qualify, his knee injury has wrecked the chance of the 35-year-old earning a potential extra £9.75million - potentially taking him to £30million depending on United's European success.

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