Recent statistics published by Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport have shown the salaries of Serie A to be far under what top teams in England, Germany and Spain pay, which could lead to an exodus from Italy’s top flight.
AS Roma and Italy bulldozer Daniele De Rossi tops the list with a salary of £100,000–per-week, a stark contrast to the Premier League where Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney tops the bill by earning three times more than the legendary stalwart.
With the beautiful game becoming more financially orientated than ever Serie A’s slump could prove impossible to arrest should the superpowers from other parts of the globe conduct raids in the transfer market.
Juventus’ Paul Pogba stands as one of the finest midfielders in world football – as shown during the World Cup earlier this summer – but earns just £23,000-per-week over in Turin.
The Frenchman has long been linked with a return to England with either old club Manchester United or Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea, with both boasting the financial muscle to blow Juventus out of the water.
Both Carlos Tevez and Arturo Vidal are on £60,000-per-week, although the Chilean midfielder was offered more by Louis van Gaal to join his Old Trafford revolution.
The days where Inter Milan were the country’s dominant force are long gone, reflected with United old-boy Nemanja Vidic topping the wage bill with £50,000 a week.
When compared with five years ago where they were set to win the Champions League under Mourinho it makes for shocking reading, with Samuel Eto’o on a staggering £160,000 –per-week in 2009.
Ashley Cole took a pay cut to join De Rossi in the Italian capital on just £35,000-per-week, whilst Argentina talisman Gonzalo Higuain is currently on £84,000-per-week to help fend off interest from Barcelona.
Rooney is not alone when it comes to Premier League players receiving staggering wage packets every week.
Although the specific figure remains uncertain fellow United forward Radamel Falcao is said to earn between £150,000 and £300,000-per-week, with Robin van Persie also earning a similar figure.
Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa are also on large sums at Chelsea, whereas Arsenal and Liverpool also pay big money figures to the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Mario Balotelli.
Real Madrid’s deadly duo Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale both earn over £200,000-per-week over in the Spanish capital, with Barcelona also dishing out a similar wage to Lionel Messi, Neymar and Luis Suarez.
Serie A exodus?
With the biggest salaries being received in other parts of the globe those plying their trade in Serie A could look for a move elsewhere.
Pogba could still yet rejoin United in the new year, whilst Roma’s Kevin Strootman is another linked with Van Gaal’s men.
Italy’s top flight is already in decline. The growing lure of the biggest wage packets in the game could see the slump never end.