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According to The Mirror, Chelsea players have agreed to take a 10 per cent pay cut to ease the club’s financial concerns during the coronavirus crisis.
Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta led the discussion among the players and sent the players’ approval of a pay cut to the club’s hierarchy.
The pay cut is set to run until September and it will save the club £10million over its four-month duration.
This follows on from manager Frank Lampard volunteering to have 25 per cent of his salary docked going forward to aid the effort – a £1.25m saving on his £5m-per-year deal.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia also took a 25 per cent pay cut on her salary to help the club financially.
The players understood a need to make savings after Chelsea posted a £96m financial loss in the latest reports.
However, the players want assurances the club will not use the saving to fund new arrivals in the transfer market.
Meanwhile, RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is reportedly taking English lessons amid reports linking him with a summer move to Chelsea.
Liverpool are heavy favourites to land Werner, but German news outlet Kicker has pointed out that Chelsea have ‘made direct contact’ with Werner’s camp over a potential move to Stamford Bridge during the summer.