Leeds United are reportedly in talks to sign Argentine playmaker Emi Buendia this summer with The Sun claiming Norwich City players are about to take a massive pay cut if they are relegated from the Premier League.
The Canaries suffered a 1-0 defeat to Brighton on Saturday, with Leandro Trossard scoring the only goal of the game. It saw Norwich slip to seven points from safety with only five league games to play.
Relegation is almost guaranteed for Daniel Farke’s beleaguered side – and now The Sun have delivered a worrying report for Norwich. They claim that players will suffer a 50% pay cut if they are relegated.
Normally, Premier League sides insert a clause between 25% and 40% – but Norwich players are set to see their wages slashed in half. Not only that, but Norwich players’ wages are half of the Premier League average.
That then, is likely to see a number of Norwich players looking to leave this summer. Max Aarons, Jamal Lewis, Ben Godfrey, Teemu Pukki and Todd Cantwell have all been linked with summer moves – as has Buendia.
Buendia, 23, joined Norwich in 2018 and was crucial in their promotion to the Premier League – having a hand in 25 goals during his 41 2018-29 outings, scoring seven and creating 17.
This season, he has failed to score but still has eight assists. Read Norwich claim Leeds have made an enquiry, and it remains to be seen what kind of response Norwich gave the Championship leaders.
But with Norwich set to be relegated and players due to see their wages halved, surely Leeds will be receiving a boost in their pursuit of Buendia – with the player much more likely to want to leave Carrow Road?