Chelsea's wage bill passes Manchester clubs as Premier League's largest
Chelsea have returned to the top of at least one Premier League table after annual figures revealed they have overtaken both Manchester clubs in terms of salaries paid to players.
The 2014-15 figures, which have been made available on Companies House, show that Chelsea are the biggest payers in the top flight once more after losing that position to Manchester City in the 2011-12 season.
The club, owned by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, reported a total wage bill for last season rose to £215.6 million, up £25m.
The salary bill for their leading rivals last season saw Manchester United's at £203m, City's at £193.5m and Arsenal paying out £192.2m on wages. Both Manchester clubs reported a drop in overall wages last season.
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Chelsea announced in November the club had made a net loss of £23.1m on a turnover of £314.3m -- down £5.1m -- but said they were well within the boundaries for complying with UEFA's financial fair play regulations.
The full annual figures reveal however that the club made a £42m profit on players trading, through selling Romelu Lukaku, Andre Schurrle and Ryan Bertrand -- and despite bringing in Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa. In the 2013-14 season Chelsea made a £65m profit in player trading.
The accounts also show that Abramovich injected funding to Chelsea via the club's parent company to the tune of £46.7m last season, and £57.1m the previous year. The accounts state: "However.. part of the debt has been converted into equity during the year via the allotment of ordinary shares."