Premier League stars consider legal action as pay cut talks with clubs rumble on

Premier League players are ready to take legal advice in the escalating pay row.

It comes after the 20 Premier League clubs agreed among themselves proposals to defer and potentially cut contracts by a maximum of 30 per cent.

But what has annoyed players is that the clubs, some of them hugely successful and profitable, have pushed the panic button early just three weeks into the crisis when the reality is it could last for months.

Furthermore, clubs had already proposed their own individual cut backs to players over the past two weeks and there is a fear they will still push ahead despite the collective agreement that it should be a maximum of up to 30 per cent.

The Professional Footballers’ Association have been involved in the talks and so far have resisted all suggestions of pay cuts and have also been demanding clubs prove they really need to defer wages.

One leading sports lawyer told Mirror Football they think current Premier League player contracts are water tight and would stand up to any legal test if clubs do demand deferrals or cuts.

Players are annoyed that they are being expected to give up their own money – and do not want it go straight back to the wealthy owners.

Many clubs are owned by billionaires, multi-millionaires and they are still raking in big salaries and showed big profits last year but have been quick to furlough staff.

The players are very willing to make big generous donations but want the money to go to their chosen charities and also to help the NHS.

Mesut Ozil's agent Dr Erkut Sogut has proposed one potential solution to the problem, after urging stars to reject the 30% pay cut.

"It is not easy for everyone but it’s time for the clubs to talk directly to the players and their representatives to solve this problem," Sogut said.

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