Manchester United stars’ ‘wages could fall by up to 25% if they miss out on the Champions League’… which could help Real Madrid sign Paul Pogba
- Current contracts at Manchester United include clauses over wage drops
- That includes a 25 per cent drop if they do not reach the Champions League
- Real Madrid would receive a boost in Paul Pogba chase if wages went down
Manchester United‘s stars could see their pay drop by as much as 25 per cent if they miss out on Champions League qualification.
Contracts at Old Trafford are structured so that up to a quarter of wages are taken away if they do not earn a place in Europe’s elite club competition.
Manchester United’s stars could see their pay drop by as much as 25 per cent next season
Paul Pogba is being pursued by Real Madrid and a wage drop could aid them in their chase
United are currently sixth in the Premier League and face a tough task on Wednesday night when they take on Barcelona in the Champions League.
Real would therefore be encouraged to make a move if they do not qualify, having made Pogba a key summer target after Zinedine Zidane made it clear he wanted to work with his compatriot.
The 26-year-old has two years left on his United contract, which currently nets him £300,000-a-week.
Reductions in wages are intended to protect United from the drop in revenue that comes with missing out on Champions League football.
The 26-year-old has two years left on his United contract, which nets him £300,000-a-week
That comes in contrast to other top teams in the Premier League. Arsenal and Manchester City instead add to pay packets after reaching the Champions League.
There is an openness about wage reductions at United — they are mentioned in annual results.
And United have previously revealed that their kit deal with Adidas goes down by 30 per cent if they do not play in the Champions League for two straight seasons.
United face Barcelona in their Champions League quarter-final first-leg at Old Trafford on Wednesday night and are currently three points behind Spurs, who are fourth, in the Premier League table.