In a footballing world dictated by money, it seems odd that a story has surfaced relating to a team being genuinely shocked by the amount of income a certain player is receiving.
It seems even stranger that the team fulfilling this shocked role are perhaps one of the prime instigators in football's shift into a money-dominated sport, Manchester City.
Pep Guardiola's oil-rich side are, like always, very active in this summer's transfer market, with Real Madrid's Toni Kroos the next player said to be in their tractor beam after the high-profile acquisitions of Ilkay Gundogan and Nolito.
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According to The Sun, City had been keen on assembling a £60m offer, a potential British record, for the German midfielder as the new boss seeks to rebuild a midfield which was hugely questionable at times last season.
However, it has surfaced that the club has suffered a potential setback in their pursuit for one of Europe's most established stars for a reason that certainly hasn't become synonymous with City; Kross' sizeable wages.
Yes, you have read that correctly, one of England's free-spending giant's has baulked at the wages commanded by one of the finest players in world football.
Kroos is said to earn around £240,000-a-week in Madrid, whereas City thought the midfield maestro earned half of that, around the £120,000-a-week zone.
A City source said: “It was a shock to discover that Kroos is one of the biggest earners at Madrid.
“That was one of the reasons why he quit Bayern. It was thought it would be closer to £120,000 a week – so double their estimate.”
Considering Yaya Toure is said to be on around £230,000-a-week it seems odd that Guardiola's side are struggling so hard to come to terms with the financial statistics surrounding Kroos.
Inflation is occurring and talent must be acquired. Surely, the board will simply bite the bullet and invest resources in the 26-year-old, a man capable of aiding their quest for both domestic and European glory.
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