Five of the Premier League’s highest-paid central midfielders.
Following last week’s examination of the highest-paid holding midfielders, this week’s post will focus on central midfielders.
Certain names, including Kevin De Bruyne, are omitted from this list because they are better described as attacking midfielders, which will be the topic of a separate article next week.
Depending on the system in which they are deployed, central midfielders can be both playmakers and defenders.
Surprisingly, none of the players in this category earn over £200,000 per week.
- Ruben Loftus-Cheek – Chelsea (£120K A Week)
Loftus-Cheek earns more than his teammates Mateo Kovacic and Jorginho, who are both regular starters, despite the fact that Loftus-Cheek has been a role player for the Blues over the years.
Loftus-Cheek has been given more opportunities by new manager Graham Potter, so it will be interesting to see how the 26-year-old performs over the next few months.
4.Fred – Manchester United (£120,000 Per Week)
The Brazilian’s time at Old Trafford has been inconsistent, to say the least.
During his first eighteen months at the club, he was widely regarded as a failure, but under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s management, he began to establish himself.
Fred appears to have fallen in the pecking order since Erik ten Hag’s arrival at United, as he has only started two league games this season.
- Jordan Henderson : Liverpool (£140K A Week)
The Reds captain signed a new contract extension in the summer of 2017 that will keep him at Anfield until 2025. If he stays until the end of his contract, he will have lived on Merseyside for fourteen years.
Since being named captain in 2015, Henderson has won eight major trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League.
- Ilkay Gundogan – Manchester City ($140,000 Per Week)
The German international joined City in the same summer that Pep Guardiola arrived at the Etihad, and since then, the club has won eleven trophies, a record.
After seven years in the country, Gundogan’s contract with the Premier League champions expires at the end of the season, and he could be on his way out.
1.Thiago Alcantara – Liverpool (£200,000.00 Per Week)
In 2020, Liverpool overpaid to acquire the Spanish pass-master from Bayern Munich, but the midfielder has not been a complete success.
Injuries have caused Thiago to miss 50 matches for the Reds over the past two seasons, or roughly one-third of the team’s total matches.