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Premier League Top Earners By Club

The highest-paid player in the Premier League is Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney – his £300,000-a-week wage being collected as he warms the Old Trafford bench.

The club’s all-time top goalscorer is, of course, a loyal servant and the captain, but that has not stopped Jose Mourinho relegating Rooney to the bench this season.

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic favoured in a lone striker role, Rooney has had to make do with a bit-part role, coming off the bench for nine of his last 12 appearances.

According to the Times’ figures, one of the most surprising revelations is the wage of Crystal Palace’s Christian Benteke, who is being paid an eye-watering £120,000-a-week to help the club stay in the Premier League.

Admittedly, relegation was not expected at the start of the season but Benteke’s nine-goal haul in the league this term has not been enough to take Palace any higher than 19th in the table.

If they are to avoid the drop, he will be pivotal… but his wages are surely not viable in the second tier of English football.

Middlesbrough and Leicester are also guilty of paying large wages to their star men, as Alvaro Negredo and Jamie Vardy take home £100,000-a-week respectively.

That makes them joint-eighth in the weekly wages ranking, but their actual Premier League rankings of 15th and 16th are considerably more concerning.

Hull, who have hauled themselves out of the bottom three under Marco Silva despite an awful run of form going into 2017, have done so despite only paying a top wage of £35,000-a-week.

Abel Hernandez is the man who takes that, and if the Tigers are to avoid relegation it will be ever more impressive given their meagre wage structure.

Burnley are another side who have done well to keep the wages down, despite breaking their club-record transfer fee in January.

They signed Robbie Brady and have been paying him £35,000-a-week… absolutely worth given their position in the table. They are 12th and likely to be staying in the top flight beyond the summer.

As you would expect, it is the Champions League-chasing clubs who are shelling out the most for their star names.

Behind Manchester United in first, Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool make up the rest of the top four in the rankings – paying the most money to Sergio Aguero, Cesc Fabregas and Philippe Coutinho.

WHO IS THE HIGHEST PAID PLAYER AT YOUR CLUB?

Club

Highest Paid Player

How much a week?

Rank

Manchester United

Wayne Rooney

£300,000

1

Manchester City

Sergio Aguero / Yaya Toure

£240,000

2

Chelsea

Cesc Fabregas

£220,000

3

Liverpool

Philippe Coutinho

£150,000

4

Arsenal

Mesut Ozil

£140,000

5

Crystal Palace

Christian Benteke

£120,000

6=

Tottenham

Harry Kane / Hugo Lloris

£120,000

6=

Leicester

Jamie Vardy

£100,000

8=

Middlesbrough

Alvaro Negredo

£100,000

8=

Watford

Troy Deeney

£100,000

8=

Southampton

Fraser Forster

£90,000

11

Bournemouth

Jack Wilshere

£80,000

12=

West Ham

Andy Carroll

£80,000

12=

Everton

Romelu Lukaku

£75,000

14

Sunderland

Jermain Defoe

£70,000

15=

Swansea

Fernando Llorente / Gylfi Sigurdsson

£70,000

15=

Stoke

Xherdan Shaqiri / Marko Arnautovic

£65,000

17=

West Brom

Darren Fletcher / James Morrison

£65,000

17=

Burnley

Robbie Brady

£35,000

19=

Hull

Abel Hernandez

£35,000

19=

Whose wages surprise you the most?

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