The Paris Saint-Germain hierarchy are putting pressure on the club's players to accept a significant pay cut following the losses the club have experienced due to the Ligue 1 season being ended prematurely due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to a report in L'Equipe on Friday, the PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, has upped the ante after several players refused to even pick up the phone to speak about a salary reduction.
At the centre of the storm is the club captain, the Brazilian defender Thiago Silva, the spokesman between the players and the hierarchy. He left to return to Brazil when Europe began to go into lockdown and doesn't seem to want to give on his wages.
His contract expires on June 30 and he's said to have rejected a cut on the €1 million gross he earns monthly -- and he doesn't want to help the board convinced the other players to take a dip.
Al-Khelaifi has not hidden his unhappiness at the players' unwillingness to budge and the fact they have not responded to his calls.
For now, the PSG players are on partial salaries (furloughed), so are only getting 84 percent of their wages, a cut which is insufficient for the owners, who the feat the losses this season could reach €200m.
The club did not sign up to the agreement reached between France's professional players and the league, because the agreement is for deferred wages and PSG wanted the squad to forgo part of their pay.