Man City’s Johnson faces wage cut for Sunderland move

Sunderland are keen to sign Manchester City winger Adam Johnson, but only if the England international agrees to a wage cut, the Daily Mail has reported.

The Mail puts the former Middlesbrough player’s earnings at £85,000 per week, with Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill only able to offer Johnson £60,000. The newspaper also suggests that Johnson would not be inclined to take the pay cut even for the guarantee of more regular football that a switch to the Stadium of Light would offer, leaving a loan deal as a possibility.

Johnson found himself on the periphery of Manchester City’s title-winning squad despite signing a new contract at the club in November. The 24-year-old made 38 appearances for City in all competitions last season, but his last start for the club came in mid-March, against Sporting Lisbon in the Europa League when he was substituted at half-time. Each of Johnson’s last four club appearances of the season where as a substitute, while he was not involved at all for matches in May.

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