Manchester City’s players stand to pocket £1million each in bonuses if they complete their charge to the Premier League title – and win the Champions League.
Pep Guardiola’s men are 15 points clear at the top of the table with 10 games left to play and all but sealed their place in the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition with a 4-0 first leg victory in Basle last month.
And while lifting both trophies would complete a treble in only Guardiola’s second season in charge, the added silverware would also result in big bonuses for City’s senior stars at the end of the season.
Manchester City won their first trophy of the season when they lifted the Carabao Cup
Pep Guardiola has his side top of the Premier League table and flying in the Champions League
According to The Sun, the club’s big names will pocket up to £1m each should they follow up domestic glory with a win in the Champions League final on May 26.
Many clubs opt for pool bonuses which are divided among the squad when they achieve something, for example winning a trophy, reaching Europe or avoiding relegation.
However, City chiefs have decided to offer huge financial incentives on top of hefty salaries in a bid to further reward their in-form squad.
The decision looks to have paid off, with City potentially just four games away from replacing Chelsea — who they face on Sunday — as champions.
Maximum points at the Etihad and in their next three games against Stoke, Everton and closest rivals Manchester United would move City to 87 points – one more than Jose Mourinho’s men could finish on and the same as Liverpool, who have a vastly inferior goal difference.
Guardiola and his players already have one trophy under their belt after beating Arsenal 3-0 to win the Carabao Cup at Wembley last weekend.