The Premier League is the richest league in the world and so it will come as no surprise to learn that players at clubs like Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester United are on highly lucrative contracts.
As commercial deals for Premier League clubs continue to soar, we have seen a spike in wages in recent years. We’ll let you be the judge if these players are worthy of their weekly earnings.
With the help of the Capology database, we’ve gathered every Premier League’s highest paid player in 2023.
Arsenal – Gabriel Jesus (£265,000 a week)
The Gunners did well to prize Jesus away from Manchester City in the summer and they handsomely rewarded him with a highly lucrative contract.
As Arsenal had recently let go of the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, they had more money to play around with in the summer. Jesus will now be keen to get back on the pitch after his latest injury setback.
Some people don’t realise yet that Gabriel Jesus is going to win us the Premier League. pic.twitter.com/FBsCfGib4c
— Av (@aviv_lavi) February 20, 2023
Aston Villa – Lucas Digne (£160,000 a week)
The French defender has had stints with Barcelona and PSG, but his current deal with Aston Villa is the most lucrative of his career so far. The 29-year-old is competing with Alex Moreno for a starting spot, who is on considerably less.
Bournemouth – Jefferson Lerma (£55,000 a week)
The Colombian midfielder has been with Bournemouth through thick and thin and he is now closing in on 200 appearances for the Cherries.
He’s probably had to pay a few fines during his time in England as he has picked up over 50 cards across the five seasons he has spent with Bournemouth so far.
Brentford – Ben Mee (£55,000 a week)
Amazingly, it’s not Ivan Toney. Since their frontman has not signed an improved deal with Brentford since they were promoted, former Burnley defender Mee is now their highest earner.
Brighton – Adam Lallana (£90,000 a week)
Brighton are likely to be without their highest earner for the rest of the season as Lallana has been ruled out of action because of a serious thigh injury.
The Seagulls have the fifth youngest squad in the Premier League and so Lallana’s experience both on and off the pitch cannot be underestimated.
Chelsea – Raheem Sterling (£325,000 a week)
Todd Boehly has spent over £500million on transfers at Chelsea so far and their wage bill has also spiked under his ownership. The most lucrative deal under the new owner was given to Sterling.
While we have seen glimpses of quality from the winger, he’s not yet lived up to his £325,000 a week contract in a Chelsea shirt so far.
Crystal Palace – Wilfried Zaha (£130,000 a week)
No surprises here as Zaha takes top spot for Palace. Having consistently been their best player over the years, he’s deserving of the biggest wage.
Everton – Abdoulaye Doucoure, Alex Iwobi & Yerry Mina (£120,000 a week)
Three Everton players share the top spot as they each take home £120,000 a week based on their current contract. Doucoure in particular has been given a new lease of life under Sean Dyche after previously seeming surplus to requirements.
Given some of the huge contracts that Everton are currently handing out, the potential effects of relegation to the Championship could be devastating if they don’t recover under Dyche.
Fulham – Bernd Leno (£90,000 a week)
The German shot-stopper was at a crossroads in his career after Aaron Ramsdale had taken the number one spot from him at Arsenal. Leno has rebuilt himself at Fulham though and he’s been one of the best keepers in the league this season.
— Fulham Football Club (@FulhamFC) October 17, 2022
Leeds United – Rodrigo (£100,000 a week)
The Spanish forward has scored more goals than any other Leeds player this season, but it still feels like there could be more to come from Rodrigo.
Leicester – Jamie Vardy (£140,000 a week)
Vardy might not be as sharp as he once was, but the 36-year-old is more than worthy of being their top earner after the countless years of service he has given.
With 168 goals in 414 matches for the Foxes, Vardy will go down as an all-time great at the club.
— Premier League (@premierleague) January 27, 2023
Liverpool – Mohamed Salah (£350,000)
The Egyptian forward is still regarded as one of the best players in the world and despite not being at his best during this season he’s still chipped in with 19 goals.
Manchester City – Kevin De Bruyne (£400,000)
Along with being the highest earner at the club, De Bruyne is also the outright highest-paid player in the entire league. Given his standing in European football, we’d say that’s about right.
The playmaker also makes it into the top 10 highest-paid footballers in the world in 2023.
Manchester United – David De Gea (£375,000)
There’s been plenty of speculation surrounding De Gea as his current deal is set to come to an end at the end of the season. A wage reduction is expected if he does sign a new deal, but he’s still proving his worth to United this year.
Newcastle – Alexander Isak & Bruno Guimaraes (£120,000 a week)
Since the takeover, Newcastle have invested their money wisely and have steadily gone about rebuilding the squad. While we still haven’t seen much from Isak, Guimaraes has been worth every penny.
The Toon are on an upwards trajectory and these two will likely have big roles to play in the next few years to come.
Nottingham Forest – Dean Henderson (£100,000 a week)
Henderson has been the top earner at the City Ground this season while on loan from Old Trafford. Of the players currently at Forest on a permanent basis, Jesse Lingard is their highest earner on £80,000 a week.
Southampton – James Ward-Prowse (£100,000 a week)
The Saints will have Ward-Prowse to thank if they manage to avoid the drop this year as he has once again been their most consistent player.
His £100,000 weekly earnings are probably justified because the Southampton fans get to see him smash in a free-kick pretty much every other week.
Another day another James Ward-Prowse free-kick 🎯😅 pic.twitter.com/vfBC0sNiSv
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) February 20, 2023
Tottenham – Harry Kane (£200,000 a week)
Unsurprisingly, Kane is the highest earner at Tottenham and his contact situation is causing plenty of debate at the moment. With his current deal set to expire in 2024, he’s now weighing up his next move.
West Ham – Lucas Paqueta (£150,000 a week)
The Brazilian had a fairly slow start to life in London after his £50million move in the summer, but David Moyes now believes that he is starting to show his quality.
“Yeah, I think he is really beginning to settle in,” Moyes told reporters. For those kind of wages, West Ham fans will be hoping that there’s still more to come.
Wolves – Raul Jimenez & Joao Moutinho (£100,000 a week)
It’s no surprise to see these two at the top for Wolves. Moutinho continues to pull the strings at 36 years old and Jimenez still has something to offer, despite not getting of the mark in the league this season.