Exclusive - Manchester City are ready to make Raheem Sterling and Kevin De Bruyne the highest-paid players in the Premier League, as talks over new contracts for the pair continue.
Both players are currently tied to the club until 2023, but City are keen to avoid letting either player get any closer to the end of their respective deals before agreeing new terms.
In Sterling's case, talks have over a new contract have been ongoing for over 18 months, and a source has confirmed to 90min that City are more than hopeful that he will put pen to paper on a deal worth a whopping £400,000-a-week.
The 58-cap England international has previously contemplated a move abroad and while that remains a consideration, City believe that their willingness to make Sterling England's highest earner will be enough to convince him to stay.
It's a title that City hope Sterling will share with De Bruyne, who has been in talks over his own £400,000-a-week extension for over a year.
The 29-year-old Belgian came close to signing a new deal earlier this year but saw negotiations stall when his agent, Patrick de Koster, was arrested by Belgian authorities on suspicion of financial mismanagement following a complaint from the City man's father.
Despite that setback, De Bruyne remains ready to sign an extension as he remains happy with life at the Etihad Stadium.
The pair have sought assurances over a number of issues since talks first began. City's potential Champions League ban was a topic of brief conversation, but club officials managed to ease any fears ahead of seeing the charges dropped.
The future of manager Pep Guardiola has also been regularly discussed. The Spaniard's current deal is set to expire at the end of the season and there has yet to be any public indication that an extension is forthcoming, but both Sterling and De Bruyne have been left satisfied with City's response to their questions over the boss' future.
Talks over bumper new deals will continue, but City are confident that positive resolutions are on the horizon.