Chelsea set to become best paid Premier League champions in history

 
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Show me the money: Chelsea are set to become the best paid Premier League champions in history (Source: Getty)

Chelsea are on the verge of securing the most lucrative prize in Premier League history, with a win at West Bromwich Albion on Friday night worth approximately £150m.

Victory at the Hawthorns would add a sixth league title to the Stamford Bridge trophy room and make Antonio Conte's men the first Premier League champions to benefit from the proceeds of the league's largest ever TV deal.

Chelsea are set to receive a 72 per cent rise from the £87.3m they earned for last season's 10th place finish.

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The influx of cash from the Premier League's new £8.3bn TV deal will guarantee this year's champions just under £150m.

That is a 65 per cent increase on the £93m earned by Leicester last season.

Even basement club Sunderland, who are guaranteed to finish rock bottom this season, can at least console themselves with just under £100m in Premier League payments.

The total sum received by each club is comprised of three streams.

Each team is guaranteed an "equal share" of Premier League revenues, which include TV rights and centralised commercial contracts.

On top of that, clubs receive "facility fees", determined by the number of times they featured on TV during the season. The third slice is based on league position.

Last season every Premier League side was paid a £56m "equal share" payment.

This year that figure will exceed £80m, while the merit payment paid to the champions will jump from £25m to roughly £40m.

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That represents a staggering 18,300 per cent increase on the £815,210 Manchester United banked in the Premier League's inaugural 1992-93 season and a 310 per cent increase from the £9.7m Chelsea earned when they first won the Premier League title under Jose Mourinho in 2005.

Chelsea's other cash increases

Chelsea's spending power will be further boosted by a return to the Champions League next season and the start of their £60m-a-year kit deal with Nike.

Should they enter the competition as Premier League champions next season, Chelsea will be entitled to the biggest share of the TV money European football governing body Uefa allocates clubs based on where they finished last season.

The West London club's financial accounts for this season will suffer from a lack of Champions League football — the absence of which will hit both matchday and broadcast income.

Last season the club earned €45m (£35m) in TV money from playing in Europe's elite competition and a further €24m in prize money for reaching the last 16.

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