EPL top earners: Red Devils to shatter £1b barrier

Manchester United are likely to be the first Premier League club to have broken the £1 billion barrier for prize money in the coming weeks.

A study by online spread betting firm Spreadex at the end of last season showed that United topped the table for all-time earnings since 1992-93 on £870.3 million.

Clubs this term will bank between £100 million for finishing bottom and more than £150 million for finishing top, and United are currently sixth.

As reported by Sportsmail’s Nick Harris last year, Spreadex’s analysis of Premier League payments also showed Arsenal were in second place on £842.8 million.

Liverpool and Chelsea were both on £815.4 million – separated by only £56,809 after 24 seasons.

All three are set to get close to the £1 billion mark, though United are likely to be the only ones to crack it.

Confirmation will come in the summer when the Premier League disclose what clubs were paid this season.

It comes after Jose Mourinho described United’s Premier League run-in as ‘matches we don’t want to play’ during a TV interview following defeat at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Clubs took home £1.64 billionbetween them in prize money in 2015-16 but that has risen this season.

United are set to become the first club to surpass the £1billion barrier for prizes with over £100million more due for this campaign.

A study by Spreadex last season showed that United topped the all-time earnings list with £870.3 million.

At the end of this season, Sunderland will receive at least £100m for finishing bottom of the league, while Chelsea will take home over £150 million for winning it.

United will take home an amount approximately above the middle of the two, meaning that they have every chance of surpassing the billion pound mark.

They should be the only team to pass £1 billion this campaign.

Arsenal sit in second place of the total prize money, with £842.8 million to their name before this season.

Liverpool and Chelsea had both taken £815.4 million for their 24 seasons in the Premier League.

The exact prize fund for clubs this season has not yet been confirmed by league chiefs. The totals will be disclosed this summer.

Last season, clubs took home a combined £1.64 billion, but that is being increased this summer due to the significant rise in cost for Premier League TV rights.