The cost to Manchester United stars if they fail to qualify for the Champions League has been revealed.
According to The Daily Mail players contracts are linked to which European competition they are playing in, mirroring the financial impact on the club. As a consequence, United, who are currently sixth in the Premier League and in a four-way fight with Chelsea, Tottenham and Arsenal for the remaining two Champions League places next season, could impose a pay cut on some of their biggest stars if they drop into the Europa League instead, reflecting the club’s loss of revenue from TV and advertising.
In turn, that might have other consequences as well, including making some of their biggest names vulnerable to approaches from other clubs. Top of that list is Paul Pogba, who has already been linked with a move to Real Madrid, and who would be more inclined to move to protect his salary and to play in the Champions League next season.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.