Alexis Sanchez's Man United wages to top list of Premier League's best paid players

Sport360 staff 22/01/2018

Alexis Sanchez is reportedly on the brink of becoming the Premier League‘s highest-paid player with a big-money move to Manchester United close to completion.

Clubs rarely reveal details of salaries but, here we look at who the biggest earners in the competition might be based on other media sources.

Alexis Sanchez (Manchester United)* – £500,000 per week

Confirmation of the Chile forward’s switch from Arsenal is still awaited but reports have suggested the 29-year-old will earn close to £500,000 per week before tax at Old Trafford. That is his basic wage plus image rights and bonuses.

Paul Pogba (Manchester United) – £290,000 per week

The France midfielder signed a contract worth a reported £290,000 per week when United brought him back from Juventus in a club record £89.3million deal in 2016. Reports suggest he is also in line for a new contract – and pay rise – in the near future.

Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United) – £250,000 per week

United not only paid a Premier League record £75million – plus a potential further £15million in add-ons – for the striker last summer, but also agreed to pay him a reported £250,000 per week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Manchester United) – £220,000 per week

The Swede might be at the veteran stage of his career, but his availability on a free transfer from Paris St Germain in 2016 allowed United to hand him a huge wage packet, worth a reported £220,000 per week.

Sergio Aguero (Manchester City) – £220,000 per week

The prolific Argentinian, who this season became City’s record goalscorer, signed his current deal in the summer of 2014. It was worth a reported £220,000 per week and City are presumably happy with their return.

Eden Hazard (Chelsea) – £220,000 per week

Belgium playmaker Hazard is Chelsea’s most influential player and is well rewarded for that, with a weekly wage worth a reported £220,000. His contract expires in 2020 but, with Real Madrid linked, there has been much talk of a new deal.

Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea) – £220,000 per week

Estimates vary, but some reports suggest the Spain midfielder signed a contract worth £220,000 per week when he joined Chelsea from Barcelona for £30million in 2014. More conservative reports suggest a pay packet of around £180,000 per week.

David de Gea (Manchester United) – £200,000 per week

After Real Madrid went close to signing him in 2015, United rewarded one of the world’s best goalkeepers with a new contract that underlined his importance, worth a reported £200,000 per week.

Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £180,000 per week

Liverpool made the Dutchman the world’s most expensive defender this month, paying Southampton £75million for a player they had long been linked with. The deal earns him a reported £180,000 per week.

Alexandre Lacazette (Arsenal) – £170,000 per week

Short of a reliable regular goalscorer, the Gunners paid a club record £52.7million for the Frenchman last summer. Reports at the time of his arrival suggested he was due to earn around £170,000 per week.

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In-demand: Kepa.

Athletic Bilbao goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga on Monday signed a new long-term contract to keep him at San Mames and end the speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid.

The Basque club announced in a statement that Kepa had agreed a new seven-year deal to run until June 2025.

The 23-year-old Spain international’s contract includes an €80million buyout clause, hiked up enormously from the previous €20million.

His existing deal had been due to expire at the end of the current campaign and it was thought that Real might move to sign him this month.

It had even been announced a fortnight ago that Kepa had passed a medical at the Santiago Bernabeu.

However, Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane denied that an immediate move was in the pipeline, saying: “I don’t need a goalkeeper. But if there are any changes in June, if we sit down and talk, maybe we will sign someone.”

Kepa, who made his debut for Spain in a friendly against Costa Rica in November, has been out injured since mid-December.

For Athletic, currently 12th in La Liga, his contract renewal follows that last week of the winger Inaki Williams until 2025.​

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WHAT THE PAPERS SAY

Arsenal are readying to pull out all the stops to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and club bosses have flown to Germany for talks with Borussia Dortmund, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Gunners are keen to replace Alexis Sanchez with a star recruit, so could be willing to pay more than the £52 million splurged on Alexandre Lacazette in 2017, the newspaper says.

Dortmund are said to have suggested a swap involving Olivier Giroud, however a straight cash deal is still being pursued.

Chelsea are preparing to grab Roma duo Edin Dzeko and Emerson Palmieri in a £44 million raid on the Serie A club, according to reports. The Guardian says Roma want an extra £13.2 million after a first round of talks last week. Negotiations are due to resume today, the paper says.

The Blues could also snap up Burnley striker Ashley Barnes to add more power to Antonio Conte’s attacking ability, according to The Sun. The clubs are yet to arrive at a figure, although super agent Pini Zahavi is said to be involved in securing a deal for the 28-year-old former Torquay and Brighton player.

Ashley Barnes.

Bristol City’s £7 million-rated left-back Joe Bryan is at the heart of a battle between Everton, Newcastle and Brighton, according to reports. The Daily Mirror says Magpies boss Rafa Benitez has been given the go-ahead to snatch the 24-year-old.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge could be moving away from the Premier League as part of a loan deal, the Daily Mail reports. After no time on the pitch since early December, the 28-year-old is eyeing a spell at Sevilla in order to improve his World Cup chances, the paper says. The La Liga side are said to be willing to pay the striker’s wages until the end of the season.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Boubakary Soumare: The 18-year-old who has been tipped as the “new Paul Pogba” is on the radar of Manchester City, the Daily Mail says. The club’s academy boss is said to have travelled to France to watch the youngster in action at Lille. Everton and Leicester are also reported to be interested in the star midfielder.

Carlton Cole: Birmingham City and Hull City are sizing up the former England, West Ham and Chelsea striker, 34, as a fillip for their bids to avoid relegation from the Championship, The Sun reports.

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole.

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