CHELSEA players are set to take a 10 per cent pay cut during the coronavirus pandemic in a bid to save £10million from the club's wage bill.
The Blues haven't stepped on a football pitch since March 8 and football's lockdown has starved even the biggest teams of vital income.
With a wage bill topping £825m at the latest accounts, SunSport revealed over the weekend that a unanimous vote across the dressing room gave the green light to a temporary pay cut.
The squad will accept the deduction from next month until the anticipated start of next season, in September.
Unlike Arsenal, it does not feature any incentive to recover lost earnings by qualifying for next season's Champions League.
It means a sizeable £15,000-a-week decrease for Chelsea's two top earners; N'Golo Kante and Kepa Arrizabalaga.
The pair are currently on £150,000-a-week and will earn £135,000 after the cut takes effect.
Summer signing Christian Pulisic is set to drop to £130,500 from next month with Willian and Callum Hudosn-Odoi, who agreed a new five-year deal in September, are to be on £108,000.
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