Manchester United spent more money on wages than Chelsea for the first time in a decade last season, and recorded an increase of 11.6%.
According to the Daily Express the Red Devils splurged £182million on salaries for their side during last year’s title winning campaign, whilst the Blues continued to cut their annual spending, bringing it down to £176million. Accounts lodged with Companies House show that Roman Abramovich’s side are now third in the ‘wage league’ behind both United and Manchester City, the latter of whom spent an astronomical £233million.
The results are a indisputable indication of the spending curb Chelsea have undertaken of late, in order to bring themselves in line with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play rules. The guidelines state that clubs in European competition can only record losses of £37.5million during the first two-years accounting period. In fact the wages at Abramovich’s club fell after the 2011/12 season, whilst United recorded their rise.
And with Mourinho said to be planning a large-scale clear out of players this summer, including that of the highly-paid Fernando Torres, the annual outlay in west London could be even further reduced. As for United, a revamp of the squad doesn’t look likely to yield positive results.