6) Manchester United – Paul Pogba
The Frenchman made a sensational return to the club he left for free last season, joining Manchester United for a mouth-watering 89 million Euros. Understandably, Pogba is also the undisputed star at the club despite the presence of a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic at the club. Pogba’s weekly wages are a mammoth 290, 000 Euros a week, which is 50, 000 more than Romelu Lukaku’s . Having already lifted three trophies last season, Pogba will be keen on adding more titles this season. Alongside Matic, Pogba has blossomed in a box to box role and has become an irreplaceable part of United this season.
5) Arsenal – Mesut Özil and Alexis Sánchez
Unarguably Arsenal’s best players, it is a real shame that Arsenal’s management have allowed their contracts to run down with the club now looking at losing their stars for free. More than anything, Arsenal need their star men to stay at the club, which would not only strengthen them but would also serve as a signal to the rest that they want to compete for the league title. Having already seen the likes of Van Persie move to arch rivals, United, in recent years, the last thing Arsenal fans would want to see is Sanchez playing for Manchester City while Ozil playing for United. Both players have demanded a substantial increase to their current wages of 140,000 Euros, which in all fairness, is significantly low to what others earn at top clubs.
4) Liverpool – Philippe Coutinho
One of the best no 10s in the world at the moment, Philippe Coutinho has had an evolution since joining Liverpool. A virtually lost talent at Inter, Coutinho was rejuvenated under Rodgers and has continued his development under Klopp as well. However, when Barcelona come calling, it is hard to resist. And the same happened with Coutinho last summer, as he pushed for a move away from Anfield. Nevertheless, Liverpool stood firm and made it clear that Coutinho would not be sold at any cost. While it remains only a matter of time before Coutinho joins Barca, for now, he remains Liverpool’s highest paid player earning 150,000 Euros a week.
3) Manchester City – Sergio Agüero and YayaTouré
City’s old guard remain the highest earners at the club, with both earning a massive 220, 000 Euro per week. While Aguero remains a key figure at the Etihad, Yaya Toure is nearing the end of his time at the club. The former Barca midfielder had a fall-out with Guardiola last season, and after publicly apologising made his return to first-team action, much to the fans’ delight. However, with City running away with the title this season, Yaya’s absence has become obscure. On the other hand, Aguero, despite clearly not preferred by Guardiola, makes his case time and time again, with his goal-scoring instincts.
2) Tottenham Hotspurs – Hugo Lloris
The Frenchman is the highest paid player for the Lily Whites, earning 120,000 Euros per week. The fact that the presence of Kane and Alli has not hurt his importance is a testament to his fine quality. Since joining the club from Lyon six years ago, Lloris has established himself as one of the finest in the game. A no 1 for the French national side as well, Lloris is now in his 30s, which means that any substantial increase would not be on the cards. Nevertheless, Lloris remains a popular figure at the club and is also the club captain.
1) Chelsea – Eden Hazard
Arguably the best player in the premier league, Hazard is not only Chelsea’s undisputed star, but is also their highest paid player. The Belgian earns a mouth-watering 200,000 Euros per week at Stamford Bridge, but is worth every penny. Hazard regularly manages to get fans off their seats, with his dazzling runs. The attacker has been linked with a move to Los Blancos; though, Chelsea would be desperate to keep hold of their star if they are to fight for major honours, after all, Hazard has been their best player in last two title-winning campaigns.