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According to The Sun, Chelsea’s bid for player pay cuts looks doomed after club triggered the release clause of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner on Thursday.
Chelsea players were initially willing to take a 10 per cent pay cut until September to help the club continue to pay other staff due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on the club’s finances.
However, that proposal was vetoed by the club, who had then advised the squad to continue their charitable activities and keep donating to the fight against the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the UK.
It is believed Chelsea haven’t officially given up on the hopes of persuading the squad to take a pay cut but that will no longer be possible with Chelsea set to sign Werner on a £200,000-a-week contract.
A source close to the players told The Sun: “It would be morally wrong for a club to ask its players to take pay cuts to help with costs and then go out and spend lots of money in the transfer market.
“That would p*** off the entire dressing room.”