Incoming Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will become the highest-paid individual in the Premier League when he takes over at the Etihad this summer, according to figures published by The Sun.
The Citizens revealed on February 1 that the Spaniard has agreed to replace Manuel Pellegrini for the 2016/17 season onwards, tying him down to a staggering £21 million-per-year deal.
With Guardiola’s status as the Premier League’s highest earner confirmed, how does his eye-watering salary stack up against the rest of the competition?
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The Manchester United star, currently the highest-paid man in the Premier League, pockets a cool £13.52 million-per-year and is set to be Guardiola’s nearest rival in terms of wages next season.
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Aguero is not too far behind his United counterpart in second place, but his current £12.48 million yearly deal could soon be miles off the pace once Guardiola joins the English top-flight.
The Ivorian is said to be on his way out of the Premier League and although his wages do not come close to what his would-be manager will earn, he would depart with very deep pockets indeed having enjoyed a £12.48 million salary throughout his current deal.
If there is one player who is entirely undeserving of an £11.4 million yearly wage this season, it must be Hazard. That being said, the Belgian’s current wage is still nearly £10 million short of Guardiola’s proposed deal.
It's preposterous to imagine one of the finest players in world football could earn more than £10 million less than his manager over the course of a year. However, that could be exactly the case next season once Guardiola and his £10.4 million-per-year playmaker begin working together.
The Arsenal boss is certainly justifying his status as the highest earning manager in the top-flight this season by inspiring his Gunners towards a sustained title bid. Regardless of whether he claims the Premier League title, though, Guardiola’s arrival would dwarf the Frenchman’s £8.3 million wages.
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There are serious doubts about how much longer the Dutchman can hang on to his job, which earns him £7.3 million each season. His current deal sees him earn barely more than a third of what Guardiola will take home based on his deal with City.
The Klopp versus Guardiola saga of seasons gone by has served up an intriguing battle with each meeting, but there is no such contest in terms of their pay packets. The former Bayern Munich boss’ City contract will see him rake in over three times more than the Liverpool manager.
The man Guardiola is set to replace next season earns £4.2 million a year on his current deal - a meagre sum compared to the astronomical £21 million contract his successor has penned.
Martinez, the fifth-highest paid Premier League boss, is reportedly on £3 million a year in the Everton hot seat as part of a deal that is seemingly pocket change in comparison to Guardiola’s expected earnings for the 2016/17 season.