According to the British newspaper The Athletic, Man City wants a five-year extension with midfielder Kevin de Bruyne with a salary reduction clause.
Correspondent Sam Lee Man City said in a podcast Athletic January 4: “Man City annoys their best player as the new contract has a pay cut clause for Lionel Messi. I think De Bruyne will eventually sign a new contract.”
De Bruyne joined Man City in the summer of 2015 with a then-record club price, £ 55 million, about $ 75 million. In January 2018, he extended his contract until the summer of 2023. According to Sam Lee, the Belgian midfielder’s weekly salary has risen to £ 200,000 (about more than $ 270,000). He can also enjoy performance bonuses, bringing Man City’s revenue to around £ 300,000 a week. But the 29-year-old midfielder is not the highest paid Premier League player, as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mesut Ozil and David de Gea have earned £ 350,000.
According to the TimesDe Bruyne will not accept a pay cut, although a new five-year contract means he plays for City until he’s 34.
The reason Man City wants to cut De Bruyne’s salary is to save on a salary fund to recruit Messi. The Argentine superstar will be without a contract with Barca in the summer of 2021, and his future is still in question. In addition to PSG, Man City is said to be one of two clubs with enough funding to sign Messi. The 33-year-old striker receives a reasonable salary of around £ 1 million a week.
Hoang An (in accordance with Athletic, The Times)