Man City top Premier League wage bill with Liverpool fourth and Spurs sixth

Pep Guardiola's Manchester City stand alone at the top of the highest Premier League wage bills per season with Manchester United in third and Tottenham in sixth.

City have won four of the last five Premier League titles and will be on for a third in a row if their outgoing wages equate to another triumph over their rivals.

With United right up near the top end of the list despite failing to win a title in 10 seasons, fans might just be dreaming of a total reset after they slipped to bottom of the table.

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The Athletic report City have the highest wage bill in the league with £355million per season, with Chelsea coming in second at £343m.

In third are 20th placed United on £323m, with Liverpool up next with a £314m receipt, having last won the title back in 2019/20.

North London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham make up the top six, with the Gunners paying out £244m to Tottenham's £205m per calendar year.

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Earlier this year, Guardiola defended City's spending over the past decade and compared the club to United and Liverpool during their respective glory days.

He said: "Listen, Liverpool in the 70s and 80s or United under [Sir Alex] Ferguson, who spent more money?

"Was it Norwich [City] or Leicester [City]? No, the money for them is completely different."

After Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said last year: "Everybody has an opinion about it but it is not my position to judge the things that other clubs are doing.

"So the thing that I love about a football match is not about having the best 11 players.

"That's how it is. So that always gives you a chance to win a football game."


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