PSG top big­gest wage bills list

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THE top 10 wage bills in Euro­pean foot­ball as Barcelona are leapfrogged by PSG and Manch­ester United top the Pre­mier League’s salary charts

The re­lease of Manch­ester City’s an­nual ac­counts last week high­lighted the ex­tent to which Pep Guardi­ola has been backed as he looks to launch a new era at the Eti­had Sta­dium.

City, how­ever, are not Europe or even England’s big­gest spenders.

Sports­mail has taken a look at the top 10 wage bills across Euro­pean foot­ball

1. Paris Saint-Ger­main - £279m (Top earner: Ney­mar, £537 000-per-week*)

We have a new leader. Fol­low­ing this sum­mer’s trans­fer busi­ness – and the ar­rival of £33m-a-year Ney­mar – the Parisians have taken pos­ses­sion of the big­gest wage bill in Europe, ahead of Barcelona.

PSG have raised the bar, with the Brazil­ian tak­ing home around £537 000-a-week. That works out at 88p per sec­ond. Nice work if you can get it.

2. Barcelona — £264m (Top earner: Lionel Messi, £500 000-per-week)

The gi­ants of Euro­pean foot­ball have a wage bill to match. How­ever, the fig­ures here have been cal­cu­lated to re­flect this sum­mer’s loss of Ney­mar.

That said, no­body be­lieves the Cata­lan club will not make a state­ment in the forth­com­ing trans­fer win­dow and may soon re­take top spot from their French ri­vals.

3. Manch­ester United — £264m (Top earner: Paul Pogba, £290 000-per-week)

United’s fig­ures re­flect the sub­stan­tial back­ing given to Louis van Gaal and Jose Mour­inho af­ter the short-lived David Moyes era as the club con­tin­ues to try and re­cap­ture the glory days of Sir Alex Fer­gu­son.

Foot­ball is a com­plex game, and while in­juries have im­pacted the side, it is hard to rec­on­cile the at-times neg­a­tive tac­tics of the cur­rent in­cum­bent with this hefty wage bill.

4. Chelsea — £250m (Top earner: Eden Haz­ard, £200 000-per-week)

Chelsea’s fig­ures are due out shortly and, as was the case with Barcelona, may well be headed south fol­low­ing pend­ing trans­fer ac­tiv­ity, with Diego Costa about to shifted from the tab.

That said, the ar­rivals of the likes of Al­varo Mo­rata and Tier­moue Bakayoko will not have come cheap.

5. Manch­ester City — £244m (Top earner: Ser­gio Aguero, £220 000-per-week)

The cost of sup­port­ing Pep Guardi­ola in the first part of his City project be­came clear ear­lier this month when the Pre­mier League lead­ers an­nounced their an­nual fig­ures. Salar­ies at the Eti­had Sta­dium rose by 25 per cent in the Cata­lan’s first year.

While that does not in­clude the ar­rivals of the likes of Ben­jamin Mendy, Danilo and Kyle Walker, it should be noted that the de­par­tures of big earn­ers such as Samir Nasri, Joe Hart, Fer­nando and Wil­fried Bony, are also not in­cluded and so this should be a rel­a­tively ac­cu­rate sum.

6. Real Madrid — £240m (Top earner: Cris­tiano Ron­aldo, £365 000-per-week*)

Th­ese are test­ing times in the Span­ish cap­i­tal for Zine­dine Zi­dane and Co. The de­par­tures of Al­varo Mo­rata to Chelsea and Danilo to Manch­ester City, with no high­pro­file ar­rivals, has sent them down the peck­ing or­der.

And that is re­flected in their strug­gles in La Liga. They are third and eight points be­hind ri­vals Barcelona.

7. Bay­ern Mu­nich — £235m (Top earner: Robert Le­wandowski, £160 000-per-week)

A sum­mer of as­tute but costly ac­qui­si­tions puts the Bavar­i­ans next on the list. The loan ar­rival of James Ro­driguez from Real was no­table.

Adding the likes of Corentin Tolisso, from Lyon, and Kings­ley Co­man, from Ju­ven­tus, add to the sense that there is a de­sire to im­prove Cham­pi­ons’ League per­for­mance, some­thing un­der­lined by the de­par­ture of Carlo Ancelotti.

8. Ar­se­nal — £210m (Top earn­ers: Me­sut Ozil, Alexis Sanchez, £150 000-per-week)

Ar­se­nal an­nounced their fig­ures at the end of Septem­ber, with a wage bill of around £199m.

This will have risen slightly fol­low­ing this sum­mer’s trans­fer busi­ness, with the ad­di­tion of Alexan­dre La­cazette the high­est-pro­file ar­rival, but their wage bill is still a long way short of clubs that the Gun­ners sup­port see as key ri­vals.

9. Liver­pool — £210m (Top earner: Philippe Coutinho, £200,000-per-week)

A sign of how quickly things can change in the crazy world of English foot­ball comes with Liver­pool’s drop down the list. Last year, their wage bill was big­ger than that of Manch­ester City.

How­ever, a cau­tious pe­riod of ac­tiv­ity has seen them be over­taken on the salary front and the de­par­ture of Philippe Coutinho, should it come to pass, will see costs drop again. Ex­pect in­vest­ment.

10. Ju­ven­tus — £150m (Top earner: Gon­zalo Higuain, £130 000-per-week)

An­other sign of the in­cred­i­ble sums float­ing around the Pre­mier League comes with the ar­rival of Ju­ven­tus in tenth place.

The Ital­ians dom­i­nate do­mes­ti­cally and reached the Cham­pi­ons’ League fi­nal, but their wage bill is nowhere near that of some of England’s top clubs. Juve’s near­est ri­val? AC Mi­lan on a dis­tant £107m. — Dai­ly­mailon­line.

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