Top 10 Biggest EPL Midfielder Contracts

With players like Kevin de Bruyne, Bruno Fernandes and Rodri all playing in England, the Premier League (EPL) has some of the world’s best midfielder maestros. As a result, the league also has some of the highest earning players in European club soccer. Let’s dive into the top 10 of the highest paid EPL midfielders!

What are the biggest EPL Midfielder Contracts of All Time?

  1. Kevin de Bruyne - £400,000 per week
  2. Raheem Sterling - £325,000 per week
  3. Jack Grealish - £300,000 per week
  4. Casemiro - £300,000 per week
  5. N’Golo Kante - £290,000 per week
  6. Bruno Fernandes - £240,000 per week
  7. Phil Foden - £225,000 per week
  8. Rodri - £220,000 per week
  9. Thomas Partey - £200,000 per week
  10. Thiago Alcántara - £200,000 per week

1. Kevin de Bruyne - £400,000 per week

Kevin de Bryune has by far the biggest EPL midfielder contract with £400,000 per week promised through the 2025 season. A constant Ballon d’Or candidate, de Bruyne joined the Premier League in 2015 by signing for Man City. Over two hundred goal contributions since his arrival have earned him a five-year extension to stay at the club through the 2025 season.

Over the years, de Bruyne has become a focal point in Pep Guardiola’s playing style thanks to his great vision and his passing ability has led the Citizens to winning four Premier League titles in five seasons.

2. Raheem Sterling - £325,000 per week

Raheem Sterling has constantly been among the top performers each year in the Premier League for the last ten seasons, winning the Young Player of the Year Award and scoring more than one hundred fifty goals between Liverpool and Manchester City. In July 2022, Sterling went from Manchester City to Chelsea, where the American-owned club gave him a five-year £325,000 per week contract to make him the new face of this Blues side.

3. Jack Grealish - £300,000 per week

After more than years as an Aston Villa youth player and then as the first team captain, English superstar Jack Grealish made his move to Manchester City. The number ten joined the Citizens in July 2021 and signed a long-term six-year £300,000 per week deal. Thanks to a combination of speed and great technique, Jack Grealish has become one of the most unpredictable players in the league and a constant threat to any defender he faces.

4. Casemiro - £300,000 per week

Casemiro made his move to the Premier League in August 2022, joining Manchester United after a legendary career at Real Madrid that saw him winning five Champions League titles. Upon his signing, the Brazilian midfielder put pen to paper to a four-year £300,000 per week deal.

The thirty-year old Brazilian midfielder has picked up sixty goal contributions in his Real Madrid career, winning eight trophies with the Blancos and becoming one of the best holding midfielders of his generation.

5. N’Golo Kante - £290,000 per week

N’Golo Kante joined Chelsea in 2016 and won both a Premier League Title and the award for Best Player of the Season within his first year. This allowed him to sign a five-year £290,000 per week extension with the Blues in November 2018.

Despite the low amount of goal contributions, N’Golo Kante is constantly among the top midfielders thanks to his tireless work off the ball to disrupt the opponent’s build up.

6. Bruno Fernandes - £240,000 per week

Since his arrival to the Premier League in 2020, Bruno Fernandes has become one of the most valuable players in the league, having been nominated EPL player of the month four times since then. His great performances earned him a four-year £240,000 per week contract extension that he signed in April 2022.

With over ninety goal involvements in less than one hundred fifty games since he joined Manchester United, Bruno Fernandes has become one of the world’s elite playmakers.

7. Phil Foden - £225,000 per week

Wonderkid Phil Foden is the latest player to extend his contract at Manchester City. The Citizens academy graduate agreed to a £225,000 per week five-year extension through the 2027 season.

In just less than six full seasons as a professional player, Foden has become one of the best prospects in Europe scoring over fifty goals and dishing out over thirty assists in less than two hundred games. Foden is also a stable member of the Three Lions national team.

8. Rodri - £220,000 per week

Spanish midfielder Rodri is one of the staples of Manchester City’s great passing flow and fast build up thanks to his tireless defensive coverage. Having joined the club in 2019, Rodri extended his contract in the summer of 2022 agreeing to a five-year £220,000 deal.

Despite his defensive nature, Rodri has had over twenty goal contributions as a Citizen, deciding many crucial games thanks to his long shot ability.

9. Thomas Partey - £200,000 per week

After playing his whole career in Spain, the Atletico Madrid product Thomas Partey joined North London side Arsenal in 2020 inking a five-year £200,000 per week deal following a $50 million move.

The Ghanian international has established himself as one of the most tireless and dominating defensive midfielders in the English Premier League who sometimes even fancy a long range screamer. Despite the injuries, Thomas Partey has become a pillar of Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal.

10. Thiago Alcántara - £200,000 per week

After an extremely decorated career at both FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, Thiago Alcántara decided to make a move to the Premier League in the summer of 2020. The Italian born Spanish midfielder signed a £200,000 per week contract to keep him at Anfield through the 2024 season.

Thiago Alcántara won twenty-eight trophies before joining Liverpool, including two Champions League titles, seven Bundesliga titles, four La Liga titles and two FIFA Club World Cup titles.

Honorable Mentions

  • Christian Eriksen
  • Fabinho
  • Kai Havertz
  • Boubacar Kamara
  • Mateo Kovacic
  • Jesse Lingard
  • Ivan Perisic
  • Kalvin Philips
  • Bernardo Silva

FAQ

Who is the highest paid EPL midfielder currently?

Manchester City star and vice-captain Kevin de Bruyne is currently the highest paid midfielder in the English Premier League. The thirty-one year old Belgian international negotiated the contract by himself, without being represented by an agent, and was able to bump up his salary to £400,000 per week, without performance bonuses. His dominance has also earned him the status of highest paid player in a Manchester City squad that has won four EPL titles since 2018.

Who has the biggest EPL Midfielder contract of all time?

Kevin de Bruyne’s five-year £400,000 per week contract extension at Manchester City is the biggest deal for a midfielder in the history of the English Premier League. His contract is also the largest of all time for annual value and total value, while Raheem Sterling is second in average annual value and Grealish in total amount. However, Grealish is second in terms of annual average value, while Sterling closes out the podium.