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It’s no secret how much Premier League footballers earn but the coronavirus crisis has given the issue of player wages a lot of coverage.

Clubs are bracing themselves for the financial strain COVID-19 will inflict on them and a number of stars in England’s top flight have been asked to take a pay cut.

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been criticised for refusing to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut

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Arsenal star Mesut Ozil has been criticised for refusing to take a 12.5 per cent wage cut

Arsenal asked their players to take a 12.5 per cent wage deferral but reports emerged that Mesut Ozil was one of three players to turn down the request.

Ozil has received criticism for this, however, some talkSPORT pundits have sided with the German, including Jason Cundy, who said the player is right to question where this money would be going.

Meanwhile, Darren Bent has defended the Gunners star, insisting his regular work for charity means the player has ‘every right’ to ask where that money is going to go.

The former Premier League striker also said, if he was Ozil, he’d now be on the hunt for whoever leaked the story to the press.

talkSPORT pundit Bent has leapt to Ozil’s defence, however

talkSPORT pundit Bent has leapt to Ozil’s defence, however

Bent said: “There’s obviously a snake in that dressing room, which is not good.

“When you’re in a sporting environment with the guys in the dressing room, you’re like a small family, but at times people do cross the line.

“I’d be in there making phone calls trying to find out who it was that leaked the story, because if there’s three of us [who rejected a pay cut], I shouldn’t be the only one being named.

“It also think it’s quite disgusting the abuse he’s getting.

“He hasn’t come out and said, ‘I’m not doing it’, he’s given context as to why he isn’t doing it. He just wants a bit of time and wants to know where the money is going.”

But just how much cash is Ozil taking home? Thanks to Spotrac, we can see who are the highest-paid Premier League players in terms of their 2019/20 annual salary rankings.

Below you can see where the Arsenal man ranks.

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11= Tanguy Ndombele (Tottenham)

The Spurs midfielder is understood to be on £10,400,000 per year

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The Spurs midfielder is understood to be on £10,400,000 per year

11= Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Spurs’ star striker is understood to be on £10,4000,000 per year

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Spurs’ star striker is understood to be on £10,4000,000 per year

11= Marcus Rashford (Manchester United)

Man United and England striker Rashford is understood to be on £10,400,000 per year

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Man United and England striker Rashford is understood to be on £10,400,000 per year

11= Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Liverpool forward Salah is understood to take home £10,400,000 per year

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Liverpool forward Salah is understood to take home £10,400,000 per year

7. Sergio Aguero (Manchester City)

City hotshot Aguero is understood to be on £11,967,000 per year

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City hotshot Aguero is understood to be on £11,967,000 per year

6. Anthony Martial (Manchester United)

Rashford’s strike partner Martial is understood to pocket £13,000,000 per year

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Rashford’s strike partner Martial is understood to pocket £13,000,000 per year

5. Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

Ozil ranks fifth in these charts with an understood annual salary of £13,975,000

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Ozil ranks fifth in these charts with an understood annual salary of £13,975,000

4. Paul Pogba (Manchester United)

Man United’s record signing Pogba is understood to take home £15,080,000 per year

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Man United’s record signing Pogba is understood to take home £15,080,000 per year

3. Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Man City star Sterling is the Premier League’s highest paid English player, reportedly taking home £15,600,000 per year

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Man City star Sterling is the Premier League’s highest paid English player, reportedly taking home £15,600,000 per year

2. Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City)

De Bruyne is Man City’s highest paid star. He is understood to pocket £16,683,333 per year

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De Bruyne is Man City’s highest paid star. He is understood to pocket £16,683,333 per year

1. David de Gea (Manchester United)

Man United keeper De Gea is the highest paid Premier League player and is understood to be on £19,500,000 per year

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Man United keeper De Gea is the highest paid Premier League player and is understood to be on £19,500,000 per year





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