Chelsea players agree on pay cut after text message from Cesar Azpilicueta, NSL Understands that: Chelsea could become the first Premier League squad to take a voluntary pay cut after the players reportedly collectively agreed to the reduction in a group WhatsApp chat with skipper Cesar Azpilicueta. Despite extensive talks between clubs and players, so far no squad has yet agreed to a pay cut to ease financial difficulties during the coronavirus crisis – through Southampton did commit to a wage deferral.
Arsenal’s squad is believed to be close to an agreement over a 12.5% reduction, with Mikel Arteta intervening to convince the players. The reduction represents a 10% pay cut and will kick in from next month, with the players agreeing for it to remain in place until the start of the new season which is hoped to kick off in September. Talks between the players were held over WhatsApp, with captain Cesar Azpilicueta speaking to the club’s hierarchy on behalf of the players. The 30-year-old full-back OK’d the deal via a group text sent to all the players, with the squad all responding that they were happy with the terms. Frank Lampard will have played a part in talks too, with the Chelsea manager volunteering to have his salary slashed at a higher percentage than the players.