Bayern release wages – Arsenal and Man Utd linked stars’ frustrations revealed?

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Bayern Munich have released the salaries of their football players – showing an incredible diversity.

According to German paper Bild, Bayern Munich have officially released the salaries of their first-team squad.

Unsurprisingly, French international Franck Ribery tops the list, earning €12m a year – reportedly €1.8m less than Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney and a whopping €5m behind Ballon d’Or rival Cristiano Ronaldo. Yet, that figure is matched by summer signing Mario Gotze.

Bayern Munich legends Philippe Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger earn €10m a year, and are both followed by Thomas Muller, Manuel Neuer and another summer signing Thiago Alcantara on €8m a year.

During the January transfer window Bayern forward Toni Kroos was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United. The 24-year-old has a contract which runs out in the summer of 2015, and a new deal has yet to be negotiated.

Following Bild’s revelation, it comes as little surprise to understand why Toni Kroos may feel slightly undervalued. His earnings of €4.5m a year make him Bayern’s 15th highest paid player – less than the likes of Rafinha and Daniel van Buyten and on-par with squad player Claudio Pizarro.

Kroos has been a regular first-teamer so far this campaign, starting 15 Bundesliga matches – nine more than the 36-year-old van Buyten who has only been used as cover for Dante and Jerome Boateng at the back.

It remains to be seen whether Kroos will be able to negotiate a new deal at Bayern, but with the figures out in the open, it will give Manchester United a huge advantage to financially persuade the German international to join Old Trafford this summer.

Mario Mandzukic is another player who has been linked with a move away from Munich, with Arsenal and Juventus amongst others linked with the striker.

The Croatian international’s current earnings also fail to coincide with that of an important first-team figure. Despite being Bayern’s top goalscorer with 12 Bundesliga goals, his salary of €5m a year makes him Bayern’s joint-12th highest earner – less than defenders Jerome Boetang and David Alaba.

As a result of Lewandowski’s impeding arrival this summer, Mandzukic may well feel more appreciated elsewhere – perhaps at the Emirates stadium?

Here is the full list of Bayern Muncih’s top earners:

Franck Ribéry - €12 million

Mario Götze - €12 million

Philippe Lahm - €10 million

Bastian Schweinsteiger - €10 million

Thomas Müller - €8 million

Thiago Alcântara - €8 million

Manuel Neuer - €8 million

Arjen Robben - €7 million

David Alaba - €7 million

Javi Martínez - €6 million

Jêróme Boateng - €6 million

Daniel van Buyten - €5 million

Mario Mandzukic - €5 million

Rafinha - €5 million

Toni Kroos - €4.5 million

Claudio Pizarro - €4.5 million

Dante - €3.5 million

Holger Badstuber - €3.5 million

Xherdan Shaqiri - €2.5 million

Diego Contento - €2 million

Tom Starke - €1.5 million

Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg - €1 million

Mitchell Weiser - €0.5 million

Julian Green - €0.5 million

Lukas Raeder - €0.4 million

Alessandro Schöpf - €0.2 million

Patrick Weihrauch - €0.2 million

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