Raheem Sterling to Chelsea: Who are the club's highest-paid players?

Raheem Sterling’s move to Chelsea is nearing completion.

On Wednesday afternoon, The Telegraph broke the news that the England international has agreed terms with the west London club.

Chelsea are now hoping to finalise a fee with Manchester City in the next 24 hours or so and the transfer is expected to cost no more than £45 million – which is what Arsenal paid for Gabriel Jesus.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are also hopeful Sterling will join in time to fly to the United States of America on Saturday for their pre-season tour.

It’s a transfer that makes a lot of sense on paper. Sterling was not a guaranteed starter at City last season and in a World Cup year, he needs as many minutes as possible.

As well as the lure of increased playing time, the former Liverpool winger was no doubt persuaded to agree terms with Chelsea by the salary they have offered him.

Raheem Sterling with Man City
BURNLEY, ENGLAND – APRIL 02: Raheem Sterling of Manchester City arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Burnley and Manchester City at Turf Moor on April 02, 2022 in Burnley, England. (Photo by Jan Kruger/Getty Images)

The Telegraph claim that Sterling’s deal will see him earn slightly more than the enormous £300,000-a-week he’s currently on at City.

That will make him Chelsea’s highest-paid player in 2022/23 after Romelu Lukaku’s return to Inter Milan.

The Belgian striker was reportedly pocketing £325,000-a-week at Stamford Bridge.

Here’s how the rest of the Chelsea squad’s wages look from lowest to highest going into the 2022/23 season, per Spotrac

Chelsea sign Sterling! (Football Terrace)

Chelsea squad’s wages for 2022/23

Ethan Ampadu | £7,500-a-week

Nathan Baxter | £30,000-a-week

Edouard Mendy | £52,000-a-week

Reece James | £58,000-a-week

Ruben Loftus-Cheek | £60,000-a-week

Mason Mount | £88,462-a-week

Ross Barkley | £96,514-a-week

Hakim Ziyech | £100,000-a-week

Marcos Alonso | £100,000-a-week

Thiago Silva | £105,000-a-week

Jorginho | £110,000-a-week

Malang Sarr | £120,000-a-week

Callum Hudson-Odoi | £120,000-a-week

Christian Pulisic | £150,000-a-week

Mateo Kovacic | £150,000-a-week

Kai Havertz | £150,000-a-week

Kepa Arrizabalaga | £155,000-a-week

Ben Chilwell | £190,000-a-week

Timo Werner | £272,000-a-week

N’Golo Kante | £290,000-a-week

The Chelsea team after winning the Champions League
PORTO, PORTUGAL – MAY 29: Cesar Azpilicueta the captain of Chelsea lifts the Champions League Trophy following their team’s victory during the UEFA Champions League Final between Manchester City and Chelsea FC at Estadio do Dragao on May 29, 2021 in Porto, Portugal. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Sterling will sit atop of that pile when his transfer is officially confirmed.

He will be on a salary worth more than three times that of Mount and over five times higher than the one collected each week by James.

Madness, right?

Oh and Mendy should definitely be knocking on Tuchel’s door and asking for a substantial pay rise.

Edouard Mendy with Chelsea
LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 22: Edouard Mendy of Chelsea applauds the fans after the Premier League match between Chelsea and Watford at Stamford Bridge on May 22, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Henry Browne/Getty Images)

The Senegalese is one of the club’s most important players, but is currently on a salary which is less than half that of Sarr and Hudson-Odoi.

In fact, Mendy is earning just short of three times less than Kepa, who is below him in the goalkeeping pecking order.

Something needs to change there…

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