Kevin De Bruyne will delay committing himself to a new deal at Manchester City until after the summer.
Talks between the club and their Belgium midfielder, 29, are underway.
So far, though, there has been no agreement with De Bruyne keen to see what deals will be on the table for the club’s top transfer targets in the next window.
Barcelona ace Lionel Messi is on City’s radar as is Borussia Dortmund hitman Erling Braut Haaland.
Both those players will be making huge demands and De Bruyne is a more-than-interested observer.
At the moment, De Bruyne is City’s top earner on a basic £290,000-per-week with add ons taking that closer to £310,000.
However, the best City have come up with, regarding new terms, is a drop in those weekly wages to £250,000 – with a significantly improved bonus scheme that could net him another £70,000 every seven days.
That contract would be for five years with the option to extend it by a year.
De Bruyne is in no rush to sign as his present deal has another two seasons to run after this one.
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He may well decide he warrants a better package if Messi and/or Haaland arrive in the close season.
Argentina striker Messi, 33, is likely to get £500,000-a-week if he joins while Haaland, 20, wants £300,000-a-week before any bonuses.
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