L’Equipe on Tuesday has a big feature looking at salaries earned at every Ligue 1 club, and Sunderland have jumped out a couple of times.
At Rennes, Wahbi Khazri is paid €140,000 per month before tax, but on top of that L’Equipe say he picks up €40,000 per month from Sunderland.
Khazri is spending the season on loan at Rennes and had such a good start to the campaign that that were rumours of a January transfer elsewhere, from which Sunderland could have made some money and got rid of the wages.
But that was impossible, because Khazri had already represented Sunderland this season before moving to Rennes on loan, so couldn’t represent a third club in the same campaign.
At Dijon the club’s top earner is Papy Djilobodji, with them paying him €60,000 per month.
However, Sunderland are paying an extra €100,000 per month on top of that.
So that’s €140,000 per month going from Sunderland to two players on loan in Ligue 1.
That’s more than many Ligue 1 clubs pay any player themselves, and more double what the clubs towards the bottom of the table shell out.
For example, Caen, currently 11th in Ligue 1, pay out a top salary of €70,000 per month, and their average is €35,000.