Manchester City want to emulate Barcelona’s pay structure in a bid to help emulate the success experienced at Camp Nou in recent years.

According to the Daily Star, the Etihad Stadium director of football, former Barcelona official Txiki Bergiristain, sees a greater emphasis on bonuses than basic salaries.

The Citizens’ chief executive Ferran Soriano, another former Barça man, and Begiristain will use their experience of working under similar directions at the Catalan club.

Manchester City will look to reduce player salaries but increase the size of bonuses available to players if they experience success.

Barcelona stars such as Lionel Messi, Andres Iniesta and Cesc Fabregas are all on similar deals.

It can be argued that the system works as Barcelona have won 12 major trophies in the last five years and are considered by many to be the best club side ever seen.

The report claims a trophy-winning season could see top stars double their salaries.

City manager Roberto Mancini will now see his top stars on deals closer to a maximum of £140,000-a-week rather than the £200,000-a-week they are currently dishing out.

It claims Manchester City’s money men know they need to address the size of their wage bill, the largest in the Premier League, in order to avoid breaching UEFA’s incoming Financial Fair Play rules.

Begiristain, according to the report, was staggered at the basic wages being received by the likes of Carlos Tevez and Yaya Toure.

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