Italian media outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport has released data on the wages of the top five clubs in Serie A.
Defending champions and league powerhouse Juventus have the deepest pockets in the country, boasting a wage bill of €164 million, with Gonzalo Higuaín on the biggest contract.
The Argentine takes home €7.5 million per season after tax (all player salaries shown are after tax deductions), the joint-highest in the league alongside former teammate and new AC Milan signing Leonardo Bonucci, and has three years left on his contract.
Speaking of the Rossoneri, their summer splurging has added some significant weight to their wage bill, making them the second-highest spenders on player wages in Serie A.
News signings Leonardo Bonucci (€7.5 million per season), Lucas Biglia (€3.5 million per season) and Nikola Kalinic (€3.5 million per season) already register as three of the four highest-paid players at the club, while former Liverpool man Suso – who joined back in 2015 – takes home €1 million per season.
Last season’s runners-up Roma are next on the list with a wage budget of €91 million. Top-scorer Edin Dzeko is their highest earner, netting €4.5 million per season, which makes him one of the top-ten best paid players in Serie A.
Radja Nainggolan (€4.2 million per season), Kevin Strootman (€3.2 million per season) and one-club man Daniele De Rossi (€3 million per season) are amongst their highest earners, while Greek international Kostas Manolas, who was just a medical away from a transfer to Zenit St. Petersburg over the summer, nets €1.9 million per season.
Inter Milan (€82 million wage bill) and Napoli (€81 million wage bill) round out the top-five wage bills in Serie A, with Mauro Icardi (€4.5 million per season) earning €1.5 million per season more than the next highest-paid players at Inter, Joao Miranda and Ivan Perisic.
As for Napoli, they remunerate their four most dangerous attacking players with a similar pay-packet; Lorenzo Insigne (€3.6 million per season) is their highest earner, though he’s not too far in front of Dries Mertens (€3.5 million per season), Marek Hamsik (€3.5 million per season) and Jose Callejon (€3 million per season).