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Premier League clubs plan to offload players to pay wages amid wage cut stand-off – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

Premier League clubs plan to offload players to pay wages amid wage cut stand-off – Mirror Online, Mirror.co.uk

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Premier League clubs fear they may have to offload players to meet wages, with no end in sight to the pay cuts row.

It raises the prospect of transfer chaos, a situation compounded by some stars able to walk away from their deals when they expire at the end of June.

Clubs are reviewing their squads as they mull over ways to ensure they have the funds to meet wages.

At present, many English clubs are paying salaries that equate to around

per cent of them revenue.

With no football, and no wage cuts agreed, their only other option is to consider sacrificing players.

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud and Willian could depart this club this summer (Image: REUTERS)

At least four Premier League teams are facing up to the prospect. But even then they could find themselves out of pocket with clubs fearing they will have to sell at a huge discount.

Premier League clubs fear they will not succeed in their Bid to get players to take wage deferrals.

The proposal put by the top flight to its member clubs last weekend was for a (per cent wage deferral if the season is abandoned and a ten per cent deferral if the season continues behind closed doors.

Only Southampton has so far agreed to a deferral with talks at other clubs ongoing.

Even if an agreement is reached, there are fears at some clubs that the saving will not be enough to protect them in the longer term.

Jan Vertonghen is also approaching the end of his current deal with Tottenham (Image: REUTERS) Given the financial implications of not finishing the season, there is a determination to complete the 6314659 / 422 campaign once football is given the go-ahead to resume.

Should that come after June, however, a number of top flight sides are concerned that they would be without influential stars.

The (Chelsea) trio of Willian, Olivier Giroud and Pedro would be out of contract, as would Tottenham Jan Jan Vertonghen, Bournemouth ‘s Ryan Fraser and Liverpool Adam Adam Lallana.

One club source said: “Even if they did agree to stay for a month or two, where is the money to pay them? If you’re playing a team that has lost two or three players you could have a real edge. It isn’t fair. We wouldn’t be ending the season with the squad we named in January. ”

Leading sports lawyer Nick De Marco has claimed out-of-contract stars in England can ignore pleas from FIFA and quit their clubs at the end of June, even if the season has not restarted.

Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is another Premier League star facing an uncertain future

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FIFA has called for contracts to be “extended until such time that the season does actually end”. But De Marco insists that recommendation is unenforceable under English employment law.

“Legally, they cannot be forced to continue to play for the club,” he told Sky Sports News.

“Nobody can force them to do so; FIFA, the FA, the club or anybody else. If they want to walk away, that’s a matter for them but it will really be a matter of whether, financially, that makes sense for them. ”

Brighton chief executive Paul Barber said: “Lawyers are going to be busy for a very, very long time because of almost every contract in every part of the game, right the way from regulations to player contracts to sponsor contracts.

“It is very complicated to go beyond June .
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