The arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane, has seen Manchester United’s wage bill rise by about 25 per cent.

Ronaldo returned to Old Trafford this summer from Juventus after 12 years away.

His £550,000-a-week salary, plus the signings of Varane, Sancho and Tom Heaton has caused a sharp increase in United’s wage bill.

The return of Ronaldo and the other three summer signings have added almost £1.3million a week to United’s wage bill, according to the club’s latest financial results.

Wages for the three months leading up to September 30 rocketed to £88.5m, a rise of £16.6m and a 23.1 per cent increase on the prior yearly-quarter.

Ronaldo accounted for the majority of that hike, given his club record salary, which also made him the highest-earner in Premier League history after he rejoined in August.