Kelechi Iheanacho believes he has earned pay parity with his Manchester City team-mate Raheem Sterling and is therefore demanding £150,000-a-week – ten times his current wage.
According to The Mirror, the 19-year-old striker is arguing that he deserves to be paid as much as the England international after a fine season at the Etihad.
He has scored 13 goals this season and provided a further four assists across all competitions. That is a healthy return for a teenager who has regularly emerged from the bench. Indeed, of his 25 Premier League appearances this season, only six have been starts.
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With Sergio Aguero frequently struggling with injury, Iheanacho's role in the team only looks set to grow in the new season. He is seen as the brightest prospect to come out of the revamped elite development squad at the Etihad Campus and City are justifiably desperate to keep him.
However, they now face having to lie in the bed they have made for themselves. City officials have handed huge contracts to players that are not performing nearly as well as Iheanacho so, naturally, he believes he should be paid more.
Iheanacho has certainly been more effective than Wilfried Bony, who has dropped completely off the boil since his £28million move from Swansea just 17 months ago. Bony has managed just eight goals this season despite starting more than twice as many league games as Iheanacho.
The Ivory Coast international earns an impressive £100,000-a-week plus an extra £20,000-a-week for every appearance he makes. And Bony is being used by Iheanacho's agents as the perfect example for why the youngster should be earning more.
Similarly, Sterling is already on £150,000 following his £49m move from Liverpool last summer and has played a very similar role under Manuel Pellegrini this season.
The 21-year-old has been in and out of the starting line-up but has managed 11 goals in his first season in Eastlands.
As the majority of Iheanacho's goals have come off the bench, he will finish the season with one of the best minutes-to-goals ratios in Europe. So far, the Nigeria international has averaged a goal every 86.9 minutes in the Premier League, which is the lowest in history for any player with three goals or more.
It is stats like this that will see him earn significantly more than his current £15,000-a-week deal if and when he does extend his terms. Whether he will get the six-figure sum he is looking for is up to Manchester City, but after such a stellar breakthrough season, the striker is certainly holding all the cards.
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