Maro Itoje’s future at Saracens is in serious jeopardy as reports indicate that he will need to agree to a 50% reduced payout to continue with the Premiership club.
The 29-year-old English lock, who currently stands as one of the highest-paid players in the country with an annual salary of approximately £800,000, has received an offer from his club ranging between £400,000 and £425,000 per year for a contract extension.
According to recent information from Mail Sport, changes to the salary cap regulations now allow clubs to designate only one ‘marquee’ player, as opposed to the previous allowance for two.
Owen Farrell, also facing contract negotiations this summer, is set to retain the ‘marquee’ category at Saracens, enabling him to be paid outside the cap.
However, this adjustment means that Itoje’s wages must now fall within the overall spending limit imposed across the top division.
The current cap is expected to rise from the pandemic-induced lower threshold of £5 million to £6.4 million in the upcoming season, reverting to the pre-Covid cap level.
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