Manchester City players are close to agreeing to defer their
salaries to give the club financial assistance during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Top-flight stars came under fire after some clubs placed
non-playing staff on the Government's furlough scheme, with health secretary
Matt Hancock last week calling for Premier League players to take a pay cut.
Premier League clubs proposed wage deductions or deferrals
of around 30 per cent to mitigate the financial impact of the crisis but talks
over the weekend with the Professional Footballers' Association did not reach a
However, the players have taken it upon themselves to create
an initiative called #PlayersTogether, which has partnered with National Health Service (NHS) Charities
Together, and will help "those fighting for us on the NHS frontline as
well as other key areas of need."
The Daily Mail claim that Man City are 'in advanced talks
with their players over deferring salaries' with the squad 'thought to be open
to assisting their employers'.
City are 'hopeful of an agreement' but the players want
'assurances' from the club before they go ahead with salary deferrals.
The report adds: 'Sources have also disclosed that the squad
were open to the suggestion but asked for assurances that should they assist;
the club would not then go and spend vast sums of money on a player in the
- TEAMtalk media