Premier League: Ranking every club by their wage bill

The Red Devils, by a considerable margin the Premier League's biggest spenders on player wages as study suggests.

Avignyan Mukhopadhyay
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The Red Devils haven't won a trophy in over five years, but they're by a considerable margin the Premier League's biggest spenders on player wages. They spend roughly 30% more on wages that their local rivals Manchester City, who have won four of the last five league titles.

As well as assembling one of the most expensive squads in Europe in terms of net spend transfer fees, United are also spending considerably more than many clubs that have outperformed them.

Liverpool, for example, are said to spend roughly £80million less annually on wages than their historic rivals, but have won every trophy going since United last lifted any silverware.

"I can't believe the investment that's been put into the squad in the last five, six, seven years and you end up with that out on the pitch," former Manchester United right-back Gary Neville said on the Gary Neville Podcast, back in January 2020.

Ed Woodward has left his post and efforts are being made behind the scenes to build Erik ten Hag a squad capable of challenging City at the top of the table, but the progress hasn't been especially quick.

Last season the club finished sixth, registering their lowest points tally of the Premier League era, and things are only looking marginally better this season.

Chelsea have the second-highest wages in the Premier League, followed by City, followed by Liverpool, with Tottenham and Arsenal – who each pay out less than half on wages than United – in fifth and sixth respectively.

Newly-minted Newcastle only have the Premier League's 10th highest wage bill, although you'd expect them to rise up this list in the coming years, and currently behind Leicester, Aston Villa and West Ham.

Elsewhere, it's interesting to consider than Brighton (18th), Leeds (19th) and Brentford (20th) spend less on wages than newly-promoted trio Fulham (14th), Bournemouth (16th) and Nottingham Forest (17th).

Here's the full rundown of how much each Premier League club pays in wages – via FBref, with estimates courtesy of Capology.

1. Manchester United – £222,984,000

2. Chelsea – £169,720,000

3. Manchester City – £163,060,000

4. Liverpool – £141,782,000

5. Tottenham – £101,344,000

6. Arsenal – £85,490,000

7. Leicester City – 78,780,000

8. Aston Villa – £75,232,000

9. West Ham – £70,160,000

10. Newcastle United – £62,610,000

11. Crystal Palace – £59,180,000

12. Everton – £43,120,000

13. Wolves – £38,310,000

14. Fulham – £37,610,000

15. Southampton – £35,380,000

16. Bournemouth – £32,044,000

17. Nottingham Forest – £28,590,000

18. Brighton – £28,340,000

19. Leeds United – £17,300,000

20. Brentford – £15,240,000

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