Obviously, the majority highest earners in the Premier League are from the top six clubs because the League has a viable structure and huge sponsorship deals that makes their players earn some insane weekly wages even without considering what these players have to offer their clubsides.
This is why other clubs playing in other leagues find it extremely difficult to match the Premier League clubs in terms of payment of salaries.
We know that Spurs’ Gareth Bale is the highest paid player in the league, City’s Kevin De Bruyne happens to be the best paid midfielder while Manchester United’s David De Gea is the highest earner of all the goaltenders in the league. But, what about the defenders?
Yerry Mina (£120,000) – Everton
The Colombian centreback joined the Toffees from Barcelona in 2018 in a deal worth €30 million. Since then, he’s become a household name in the Premier League.
Even in the ongoing season, Mina has steered the ship of the defense for the Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton side.
Alongside Mina, Manchester United’s duo of Luke Shaw and Victor Lindelöf as well as Manchester City’s Aymeric Laporte also pockets a sum of £120,000 pounds per-week. Not a meagre amount!
David Luiz (£125,673) – Arsenal
One would understand why Arsenal fans mostly come hard on Luiz whenever he puts up amateurish displays. It’s simply because of his huge weekly wages; a player cannot be earning an enormous wage and be contributing less to the team – especially a team like Arsenal that’s not known to be paying huge wages.
At Chelsea, the Brazilian defender was earning £117,612. But at Arsenal, an addition of £8,061 pounds have been added. Which implicate that the club would rely on his wealth of experience to help add balance to every defensive problem they may have.
By and large, the 33 year-old hasn’t been awful in his two years spell at Arsenal but he needs to be doing more – Much is expected from whom much is given.
Cesar Azpilicueta (£145,000) – Chelsea
The 31 year-old’s versatility has brought him this far. The dependable Spaniard is able to operate anywhere across the back line, which stands him out among his peers.
Also, no defender in Azpi’s age range earns more than the Spaniard. He’s made eighteen appearances in The Blues’ twenty-seven Premier League matches this season, two of which he came on as substitutes.
Harry Maguire (£162,775) – Manchester United
Here comes the most expensive defender in club football currently. Maguire crossed from Leicester to United in 2019 and cemented his place in the Red Devils’ defense.
Meanwhile, the 27 year-old centerback has been suffered consistent criticisms of not justifying the huge cash splurged on him as well as his weekly wages. Maguire currently earns a whooping £162,775, making him the third highest earning defender in the league.
Virgil Van Dijk (£165,000) – Liverpool
Previously the world’s most expensive defender, Van Dijk was quintessential as Liverpool romped to the 2020 Premier League title, their first top-flight championship in 30 years.
Since joining the Kop in 2018, the Dutchman has metamorphosed into the best defender in the world but unfortunately, his team has suffered heartbreaks ever since he was injured in the Merseyside Derby last October, He’s the second best paid defender in the Premier League.
Ben Chilwell (£190,000) – Chelsea
The 24 year-old former Leicester full-back joined Chelsea for a reported fee of £45 million from before the start of the 2020/21 season.
Although, he’s had to endure patchy days under Chelsea erstwhile manager, Frank Lampard but since the arrival of Tuchel, things have began to change for the better.
In the Premier League this season, Chilwell has played twenty of Chelsea’s twenty-seven league games this season.