Kiko Casilla will be the hardest hit at Leeds United by an imminent wage deferral capping players’ salaries at £6,000-a-week, Football Insider has learned.
United are one of many Championship clubs discussing taking radical action to ease the financial burden caused by the postponement of league matches during the coronavirus outbreak.
A Leeds source has told Football Insider that the top earner is Spanish goalkeeper Casilla, who signed a £40,000-a-week deal when he arrived from Real Madrid in January of last year.
Patrick Bamford is also on a similar wage level after signing from Middlesbrough for £7million in the summer of 2018.
They face the prospect of having to wait for £34,000-a-week, or slightly less, while there is no football being played.
Talks have taken place this week between the first-team squad and the club management, as well as the Professional Footballers’ Association, about a temporary cap on salaries.
The players, led by skipper Liam Cooper, are receptive to the United proposals and an agreement is expected to be secured within the coming days.
United work on measures to cover the shortfall of cash with no matches being played at Elland Road.
Chairman Andrea Radrizzani told Sky Italy on Tuesday night night that the coronavirus is an economic “disaster” for Leeds.
He explained the Championship leaders are missing out on £2.5million from the suspension of the five Elland Road matches that were due to be played by mid-May.
No games will now take place until at least April 30 and, as revealed by Football Insider yesterday, the season is unlikely to resume until the start of June.
It is a huge cash flow issue many clubs including Leeds, whose wage bill has soared since Radrizzani took over as owner in 2017.
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