Another day, another big story, as the Football Leaks investigative project throws up something new.
The latest claim concerns AS Monaco and Man Utd, with the report stating that the two clubs organised "a friendly match" - which ended up never happening - to cover a
French news outlet Mediapart have reported that the Manchester club wanted to pay €4m of the €10m loan fee, based on the Red Devils finishing in the top four. However, French league rules prohibit performance based clauses being inserted into contracts.
Based on findings from a Mediapart investigation - via Get French Football News' translation - they report:
As the friendly was approaching and in-line with the investigation, it was cancelled, as Man Utd manager at the time Louis van Gaal confirmed that he "did not want to have another friendly game after this summer tournament" - yet the money was still transferred to the French club.
The 'secret contracts' - referred to by the investigation - suggests Monaco have a history of tainting transfers with these type of illegal practices. The report makes reference to the contract of Falcao from Atletico Madrid to Monaco transfer containing 'strange stipulations'.