Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez and Paul Pogba are at the centre of a cash-for-goals conflict ripping the club’s dressing room apart.
SunSport claims Chilean flop Sanchez, is on an mouth-watering £505,000 a week, picks up a whooping £75,000 per goal, with an extra £25,000 for each assist.
And Paul Pogba is paid £50,000 for every goal he scores and £20,000 for each goal he sets up.
But United team-mates do not have the same incentives in their deal and are very unhappy with the mammoth money Sanchez and Pogba are earning at the club.
Now United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is battling against jealousy and rifts in his team and this scheme was brought in to lower the wage bill around three seasons ago.
And while goal bonuses are normal at most teams, the astronomical figures at stake at Old Trafford have seen the plan backfire.
The bonus system could be seen as one reason Sanchez and Pogba squabbled over taking a spot-kick against Leicester City.
United’s form improved after Jose Mourinho was sacked before Christmas.
But it has plummeted once again ahead of today’s final match of the season against Cardiff.
A source close to the Old Trafford hierarchy says: “The real problem is the incentive plan.
“It has caused a lot of animosity and is as responsible for the lack of the recent failure of team spirit as anything else.”