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EPL clubs with the highest wage bills revealed

Premier League clubs with the highest wage bill revealed, Man City not in the top two

March 1, 2023 By Ali M.
The Cityzens are one of the richest clubs in world football yet two other Premier League teams have higher wages bills, as per the 2021/22 accounts.

It's no secret that the Premier League is where the money is at. Not only can clubs from the English top-flight outspend their continental rivals in the transfer window, but the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United, and Chelsea can offer far more lucrative concretes than other European giants.

However, this raises the question: while some of the best players are currently in England, which club pays the most in wages? The figures from the Premier League's traditional big-six teams have been revealed, and to many people's surprise, the Cityzens aren't top of the list.

In fact, Guardiola's side, who have been charged with several FFP breaches and are often accused of financial doping, aren't even in the top two. As revealed by Martyn Ziegler of The Times, the defending Premier League champions have registered a wage bill of £354M, which currently places them in third.

Two things should be noted. First of all, these figures are from the 2021/22 accounts, which means it does not take into consideration Erling Haaland's exuberant contract. Additionally, while Chelsea are on the list and ranked a spot below Manchester City, the Blues are yet to file their 2021/22 accounts, and as pointed out by Ziegler, the London giants could leapfrog the Cityzens.

So which teams sit top of the table? Manchester United take home the no.1 spot with with a wage bill of £384M. Since then Cristiano Ronaldo, who was one of the highest earners at Old Trafford, has left the club but Casemiro and Antony joined on substantial salary packages.

In second is Liverpool, which might catch a few people by surprise. The Merseyside giants accounted for a wage bill of £366M, which is a 75% increase in five years since 2017. Arsenal, this season's Premier League leaders, came in bottom of the list with the lowest wages among England's big six thanks to a mere £3M gap over North London rivals Tottenham.

Since then, the Gunners have signed Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko, and have agreed to hand Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka bumper pay raises, which means they could move higher up the table soon.


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