Espanyol are reportedly paying only 20 per cent towards on-loan striker Samuele Longo’s wage, with owners Inter footing the rest of the bill.
The youngster, who is with the Catalans on a 12-month temporary deal, has appeared four times this season and netted twice already.
Following on from yesterday’s claims that the Spaniards have failed in a bid to extend Longo’s deal into a second season, Marca report today that part of the motivation behind that may lie in how little the player is costing the team.
The Nerazzurri, who have cut their wage bill in the last 12 months by €45m to €100m, are understood to be paying 80 per cent of Longo’s wages for 2012-13, compared with Espanyol’s contribution of 20 per cent.
With the player said to be on just €50,000 a year, that puts Longo’s cost for Los Pericos at €10,000 for the season.