Players in England’s top flight earn significantly more than Serie A’s biggest stars
Daniele De Rossi, the best-paid player in Italy, earns around £110,000-a-week less than Chelsea’s Eden Hazard, according to Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport.
Hazard reportedly earns £200,000-a-week, whilst Manchester City’s Yaya Toure brings home £220,000-a-week, not forgetting Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney who is believed to on £300,000-a-week.
Meanwhile, Napoli’s Gonzalo Higuain is in second place amongst Italy’s top players, earning £77,000-a-week whilst Paul Pogba and Edin Dzeko are in joint third, both reported to receive £63,000-a-week.
A record £5.14billion TV rights deal is believed to be one of the key driving forces behind the steep rise in the amounts Premier League clubs are prepared to offer players in wages.
The gulf between spending in the transfer market between clubs in the two leagues is also staggering – Premier League sides spent over £450million more than Serie A clubs.
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Manchester City far eclipsed any of their Premier League rivals, signing Raheem Sterling from Liverpool for a club record £49million, before breaking it shortly after by signing Kevin De Bruyne from Wolfsburg for £55million.
The Etihad club also signed Argentina international defender Nicolas Otamendi for £32million from Valencia, whilst Fabian Delph joined from Aston Villa for £8million.
City’s neighbours, Manchester United signed 19-year-old Anthony Martial from Monaco for an initial £36million, making the France international striker the world’s most expensive teenager.
That fee could increase to £58million with various incentive-based add-ons.
Written by Jack Wynne – @JackRobertWynne