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Premier League: Champions Chelsea have highest wage bill in the League

Chelsea have announced their latest finances in a filing to Companies House which shows they are the highest wage payers in the Premier League

Chelsea Football Club's wage bill shot up £25m in the year to 30 June 2015, from £190m to £215.6m.

Manchester United came second with a £203m wage bill, Manchester City third on £193.8m and Arsenal fourth on £192m.

The bill does not split out the amount spent on player wages from backroom and ground staff.

Chelsea said turnover fell £5.5m to £319m because of lower Champions League broadcasting revenues after the club went out of the competition in the knockout stage on the away goal rule after drawing 3-3 with Paris Saint Germain.

The 2014-15 season, which the financial results cover, saw Chelsea make a profit of £42m on the sale of footballers including Romelu Lukaku to Everton, Ryan Bertrand to Southampton and Andre Schurrle to Wolfsburg. 

It was a season which saw Jose Mourinho lead Chelsea to a Premier League and League Cup double, but less than a year later the champions are 14th in the table and Moruinho has departed the club for a second time.

Interim manager Guus Hiddink has been brought in for a second time to look after the squad until the end of the season.

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