United will no longer be the biggest payers in Premier
Manchester United are expected to be overtaken as the biggest payers in the Premier League this year.
United's wage bill for last season was £215.8million - the biggest in English football - but in the first six months of this season dropped by six per cent, mainly as a result of not paying Champions League bonuses.
United's figures show wages for the six months ending December 31 were £98.1million compared to £104.6million for the same period last season.
Manchester City, who had a £205million wage bill in 2013/14, are likely to overtake United. Chelsea are the third-highest payers with a wage bill of £192.7million. Bottom-club Burnley's wage bill is just £21.5million, one-tenth the size of United's.
The wages costs and profits or losses of all top-flight clubs for 2013/14 have now been confirmed via annual accounts and overall there is a close correlation between total salary bill and league position with the current top four in the Premier League also the four biggest payers.
Southampton are the club punching heaviest above their weight as they are only ranked 16th in terms of their wage bill - £55.2million - and yet are currently seventh in the table.