Former Germany international Jorg Heinrich feels Bayern Munich would be wrong to offer Thomas Muller an annual salary of EUR15million as it would alienate their fans.
Recent reports suggest Bayern are ready to offer the 26-year-old a significant pay rise in order to convince him to snub interest from abroad, with Manchester United allegedly keeping a close eye on his situation at the Allianz Arena.
Nevertheless, Heinrich - now coach of fourth-tier side Luckenwalde - feels it would be a bad idea to pay Muller EUR15m per year before taxes.
"Muller could be earning EUR15m per year at Bayern in the future," Heinrich wrote in his column for TZ.
"But what does this effectively mean? First of all, a lot of tax deductions! His new payslip will be a massacre. He will make EUR1.25m a month before taxes, of which will remain EUR614.232 after taxes.
"If Muller goes for an eight-hour sleep, he will have made an extra EUR6.731. That means he will be making more or less 200 times as much as regular fans.
"Of course, Muller is a great player and worth a lot of money. But surely making 100 times as much as a normal fan should do the trick as well."
Muller's current contract with Bayern is due to expire in June 2019.