Chelsea have been overtaken by Manchester City as the biggest payers in the Premier League, the Stamford Bridge club's accounts have confirmed.
The overall wages paid out by Chelsea in the year ending June 2012 actually fell by £18million to £171million - compared to Manchester City who saw their wages break through the £200million barrier.
Chelsea announced last year they had made a profit of £1.4million - the first time they had finished in the black in the Roman Abramovich era. The full accounts lodged with Companies House reveal that was aided by a one-off £18.4million boost from the cancellation of shares owned by BSkyB.
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