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Chelsea player wage database, updated for summer transfer window

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Phil Cole

Back in September, we rolled out the first edition of our player wage database in recognition of the fact that UEFA's financial fair play regulations mandate that we start focusing not only on tactical analysis and performance metrics, but also the financial impact when discussing player acqusitions.

The database contains everything you could ever want to know about Chelsea's contracts, wages, and the impact they have on FFP compliance. It uses an averaging (of sorts) of reported figures to impute the FFP cost of each Chelsea player on the books during the financial fair play era.

Chelsea is set to eclipse £300m in annual revenue for the first time in club history, in large part due to the new Premier League broadcasting deal and increased commercial revenue. As a result of both the increasing revenues as well as the very profitable sales of Juan Mata, Kevin de Bruyne, and David Luiz, Chelsea can spend freely in the transfer market this summer.

As the database shows, the five most expensive players this season are as follows:

  • Fernando Torres - £18.5m
  • Eden Hazard - £16.7m
  • Cesc Fabregas - £14m
  • Willian - £10.8m
  • John Terry - £8.6m
Diego Costa will likely slide into the number three spot if and when his deal is finalised, and the database is further subject to change based on the several other deals Chelsea is likely to make this summer. Of course, we'll update the database again at the end of the transfer window so you can see how the summer activity impacted Chelsea's financial big picture.

While FFP is likely never going to be a problem for Chelsea, football finances have become increasingly important over the past few years. As such, players annual costs to their clubs are increasingly relevant, as we can not only clearly see how clubs allocate their finite resources, but we can also see how much of those resources each individual player commands.