Manu Tuilagi could become the highest paid player in the Premiership.
Earlier this week it was reported that the Worcester Warriors were set to offer Manu Tuilagi a three year contract worth £1.6 million.
Such a move would make the Samoan born England international centre the highest paid player in the history of the Premiership.
While it is unclear whether or not the Warriors have offered Tuilagi such a contract, according to The Telegraph, the mere rumour has meant that Wasps have dropped out of the race to land the Leicester player.
Indeed, while Leicester want to Tuilagi to remain at the club, they are unwilling to to jeopardise the team’s pay structure to keep him, with Richard Cockerill telling the newspaper,
We have never been of the mindset that we will spend all our money on one player and lose five other really good players. The only way to prise Manu away is to offer obscene amounts of money and that might do it.
Instead, the Tigers appear to be hoping that Tuilagi remains loyal to the club after only featuring in 14 games throughout the last two seasons.
Cockerill told ESPN, ‘I’d like to think people realise the club’s been pretty good to him. I’m comfortable what we’ve done with Manu is the right thing. I think he is too and I’ve every reason to believe he’ll stay at the club’.
We will have to wait to find out if Tuilagi responds to Cockerill’s call to remain loyal to the club that has stood by him through injury and disciplinary problems.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena