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Gustavo Bou becomes one of highest-paid players in New England Revolution history

Carles Gil and Gustavo Bou are the most expensive players in Revolution history. Gil is narrowly ahead of Bou in guaranteed compensation.

Gustavo Bou and Carles Gil
Jul 17, 2019; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Revolution forward Carles Gil (22) celebrates with forward Gustavo Bou (7) after a goal during the first half against the Vancouver Whitecaps FC at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

The New England Revolution signed Gustavo Bou from Tijuana July 10 for a club record transfer fee of $7 million, but he’s not the highest-paid player on the team.

That distinction still belongs to Carles Gil, who is making just over $2.3 million in 2019, according to the MLS Players Union salary guide

Bou, who scored off Gil’s corner kick in his debut Wednesday night as the Revolution beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 4-0, is the team’s second-highest earner. His guaranteed compensation is $2.1 million for the 2019 season, a source told Pro Soccer USA. Bou’s salary figure is annualized and does not reflect his actual pay, which is prorated because he joined MLS mid-season.

That figure makes Bou the 15th-highest paid player in MLS this year.

The transfer fee New England paid for Bou combined with the maximum amount of salary and bonuses he can trigger as part of his contract makes him worth $14 million to $17 million, according to the Boston Globe

Gil, who has the league’s 12th highest salary, held the previous club record for an inbound transfer fee. He was acquired by the Revolution from Deportivo La Coruna for $2 million in February.

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