The stars of Manchester United face a 25% cut if they lose the Champions League … which could help Real Madrid sign Paul Pogba
- Current contracts at Manchester United include payroll clauses
- This includes a 25% drop if they do not reach the Champions League
- Real Madrid would receive a boost in the pursuit of Paul Pogba if wages decreased
The Manchester United stars could see their pay go down by 25% if they lose their qualification to the Champions League.
And, according to The Sun, this could help Real Madrid as it tries to bring midfielder Paul Pogba to the Santiago Bernabeu during the summer transfer window.
The Old Trafford contracts are structured in such a way that up to a quarter of the salaries are withdrawn if they do not earn a place in the European elite club competition.
The Manchester United stars could see their pay go down 25% next season
Paul Pogba is pursued by Real Madrid and a reduction in salaries could help them in their hunt
United is currently sixth in the Premier League and will face a difficult task Wednesday night when they face Barcelona in the Champions League.
He would therefore be encouraged to make a move if he did not qualify, having made Pogba a key goal for the summer after Zinedine Zidane made it clear that he wanted to work with his compatriot.
The 26-year-old still has two years for his contract in the UK, which currently costs him £ 300,000 a week.
Wage cuts are intended to protect United from falling revenues missing in Champions League football.
The 26-year-old still has two years for his contract in the UK, which costs him £ 300,000 a week
This is in contrast to the other top teams in the Premier League. Arsenal and Manchester City instead add to the payroll after reaching the Champions League.
There is an opening on United's salary reductions – they are mentioned in the annual results.
And United has previously revealed that their equipment with adidas drops 30% if they do not play in the Champions League for two consecutive seasons.
United will face Barcelona in the quarter-final first leg of the Champions League at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and is currently three points behind Spurs, fourth in the standings, in the Premier League.