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Manchester United and Arsenal stand to profit handsomely from FIFA player payments during the World Cup

Manchester United and Arsenal stand to profit handsomely from FIFA player payments during the World Cup

Premier League clubs will earn $10,000 (£9,033) per player per day during the World Cup, with Arsenal and Manchester United set to earn millions if their stars perform well in Qatar.

The payments are part of FIFA’s Club Benefits Program, which the governing body says is designed to recognize clubs’ contributions to the tournament.

At the previous World Cup, more than 400 clubs from 63 countries benefited from the program, which cost $209 million (£188.8 million).

FIFA has stated that compensation will be paid to all clubs for which a player has played in the two years preceding the World Cup, implying that Gabriel Jesus’ participation for Brazil, if he is selected, will benefit Arsenal and City.

FIFA’s total World Cup fund is around $700 million (£632.3 million), and the winning federation will receive $50 million (£45 million).

FIFA will award each of the 32 nations $10 million for their participation in the group stage, with the first $2 million going toward pre-tournament camps and other preparations.

Thirty-eight English clubs earned a total of $37,406,940 from players who competed in Russia four years ago, with Manchester City pocketing $5,003,440 and Manchester United pocketing $3,656,360.

In 2018, Arsenal earned $2,218,720, Chelsea earned $3,835,357.50, Liverpool earned $2,585,205, and Tottenham Hotspur earned $4,385,792.50.

Players will have separately negotiated their own bonus systems with federations. If England had won the 2018 World Cup, Gareth Southgate’s team would have split a £5 million pot evenly.

The Three Lions kick off their campaign on November 21 against Iran, before facing Wales and the United States in Group B.

Southgate already has a number of injury concerns after learning last week that Kyle Walker had groin surgery and that his City teammate Kalvin Phillips is out with a shoulder injury. On November 10, England’s 26-man squad will be announced.

Manchester United and Arsenal stand to profit handsomely from FIFA player payments during the World Cup

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