Raphael Varane, a center back for Manchester United, is now the Premier League’s highest-paid defender. The former Real Madrid player signed with the Red Devils last summer for an estimated value of about £41 million plus add-ons.
The Frenchman is reportedly the highest-paid defender in England’s top division after agreeing to a four-year contract at Old Trafford. Varane’s weekly wage is an astounding £340,000, according to GiveMeSport. John Stones of Man City is the second-highest paid defender in the English Premier League, earning £250,000 a week.
With a weekly salary of £220,000, Liverpool center back Virgil van Dijk is third on the list. Ben Chilwell of Chelsea and Harry Maguire of Manchester United round out the top five podium finishers with weekly salaries of $190,000 and $189,000.
Kalidou Koulibaly, a summer acquisition by Chelsea, is one of the Premier League’s highest-paid defenders. Early this month, the former Napoli star signed a contract to transfer to Stamford Bridge and became Chelsea’s third summer acquisition. The Sun claims that the Senegalese international receives a pay deal of £162,000 every week, placing him among the top 10 earners.
Here are the 10 highest paid defenders in the EPL:
- Raphael Varane (Man United) – £340,000 a week
- John Stones (Man City) – £250,000 a week
- Virgil van Dijk (Liverpool) – £220,000 a week
- Ben Chilwell (Chelsea) – £190,000 a week
- Harry Maguire (Manchester United) – £189,904 a week
- Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool) – £180,000 a week
- Kalidou Koulibaly (Chelsea) – £162,000 a week
- Andrew Robertson (Liverpool) – £160,000 a week
- Luke Shaw (Manchester United) – £150,000 a week
- Joao Cancelo (Manchester City) – £140,000 a week