When Luke Shaw is earning £100,000 per week, is it any wonder Raheem Sterling is not swayed by £70,000?
As Liverpool's woeful season took an unwanted turn this week with Champions League failure, headlines over the future of Raheem Sterling only pile on the misery.
The England international is unconvinced over the club's £70,000 per week offer to improve his terms from his current wage of £25,000. report The Mail.
With Real Madrid's interest well known, Sterling has a tough decision to make, and one that is made tougher by the fact he may well feel Liverpool are undervaluing him.
A case in point is the £100,000 per week deal Manchester United agreed with left-back Luke Shaw in the summer.
Shaw is a player even younger than Sterling, who plays in the same international side, and while highly regarded, is not touted on the shortlist for the prestigious European Golden Boy for the best young player like the Liverpool star is.
If you walked down the street and asked which player is more valuable, and who should be earning more money, the answer should be Sterling over Shaw every time.
Manchester United's big spending approach, it can be argued is therefore placing pressure on their rivals, Liverpool, to compete financially or lose out.
If United could afford to pay Shaw £100,000, what might Sterling be worth to them in similar circumstances?
While there is no question of Sterling joining the Red Devils, United's finances hint at what the England international could earn at a club willing to make similar such commitments, like Real Madrid, or even Chelsea.
If the Reds are unable to make a six-figure offer for Sterling, then the possibility of losing him is a real one, when their lack of Champions League football becomes factored into the equation too.