London: Manchester United have the highest wage bill in the Premier League, according to figures released on Monday.
United paid out a total £214.8 million ($324 million) on salaries in the 2013-14 season, while English champions Manchester City`s wage costs dropped last season to £205 million.
Chelsea, currently top of the Premier League, paid £190.5 million, up eight per cent from £176 million, according to the club`s annual accounts which were lodged at Companies House this week.
Arsenal are next in the pay league with a total wage bill of £166.4 million, while the scale of Southampton`s recent success is illustrated by the fact that their wage bill was a fraction of their top-four rivals.
The latest figures available for 2012-13 show the Saints, currently third in the Premier League after beating United on Sunday, paid out just £47.1 million in salaries.
Chelsea`s accounts confirm the club`s announcement in November that they made a £18.4 million profit last season.
Sales of several players, including Juan Mata to United, allowed the club to overturn a £49.4 million loss on the season before and should make them assured to comply with UEFA`s financial fair play rules.