MANCHESTER UNITED are paying more wages than any other Premier League club while Liverpool have overtaken Man City in the salary table.
Top-flight sides have been releasing their financial accounts for the 2021/22 season and the figures show that the Red Devils were selling out the most on wages at £384m.
United did still have Cristiano Ronaldo on their books, who was pocketing £480,000-a-week, last term.
And his departure to Al-Nassr in December following his explosive interview with Piers Morgan has led to the £375,000-a-week David de Gea returning to top of the highest-earners at Old Trafford.
United are followed by Liverpool, whose wage bill has increased by a whopping 75 per cent since 2017.
The Reds announced they only made a £7.5m pre-tax profit last season as they jumped ahead of Man City into second.
New contracts for the likes of Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Virgil van Dijk and Trent Alexander-Arnold will all have played a part in that.
Mo Salah has now also signed a new £350,000-a-week contract – but that package which made him their highest-paid player is not taken into account in these figures.
That has left Liverpool’s wage bill just £18m less than United’s last term, a gap that was £56m back in 2017.
Man City’s £354m yearly salary could still be overtaken by Chelsea, who are yet to release last season’s numbers.
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Kevin De Bruyne, who pockets £400k on a weekly basis, is top dog with regards to wages at the Etihad while Kai Havertz, on £310,00-a-week, was the highest-earner at Stamford Bridge during the last campaign.
Meanwhile, Tottenham forked out more on player salaries than North London rivals Arsenal.
Spurs had a whopping 66 per cent increase from £127m in 2017 to £209m.
Arsenal’s wage bill also increased, but that was from £195m to £206m.
Thomas Partey was the top earner at Arsenal, but Gabriel Jesus is the new one on £265k-a-week after his summer arrival for Man City.