Average player earnings: £20,397,976
Roman Abramovich is renowned for splashing the cash to lure players to Stamford Bridge, so Chelsea were expected to be among the highest paying clubs in world football.
Long-term servants John Terry and Frank Lampard have both been rewarded for their loyalty with six-figure contracts in years gone by, while the likes of Petr Cech and Ashley Cole cannot be far behind.
The high-profile addition of players like Fernando Torres, Eden Hazard, Samuel Eto'o, David Luiz, Willian and Oscar will also have set Chelsea back a few bob. And still, Jose Mourinho finds time to mona about his lack of options.
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