How do Vidic and Cole’s wages compare to teammates?

La Gazzetta dello Sport has published the salaries of Serie A's top squads, giving an insight into how Nemanja Vidic and Ashley Cole's earnings rate.

Italian football salaries compare poorly to the Premier League, but there's good news for Nemanja Vidic and less good news for Ashley Cole.

The two men left the Premier League for Serie A during the summer as free agents with Vidic joining Inter and Cole signing for Roma.

Contract negotiations with both players proved lengthy and they had to be willing to accept reduced pay packets from their new employers.

La Gazzetta dello Sport has published a list of salaries for Italy's top sides, which makes interesting reading.

Former Manchester United defender Vidic tops Inter's salary list with just over £2.5 million per year, level with Argentine star Rodrigo Palacio.

Ex-Lazio playmaker Hernanes is third with a fraction under £2.4 million, while unsettled midfielder Fredy Guarin is earning £2.2 million.

Southampton loanee Pablo Daniel Osvaldo will make £1.58 million and ex-Cardiff man Gary Medel nets £1.26 million.

The surprise low earner for Inter is talented striker Mauro Icardi, who is only on £800,000.

Meanwhile, at Roma, Ashley Cole certainly isn't the big earner. Cole's £1.8 million pales in comparison to Daniele De Rossi's handsome £5.1 million. De Rossi earns nearly double his nearest competitor, Marco Borriello on £2.7 million, which may explain why Roma are keen to move him on.

Talisman Francesco Totti gets just more than Cole at £1.98 million. Cole is the eight biggest salary at Roma at present.

On the whole Serie A's top players are still on much lower salaries than they could command in England, which makes it hard for Italy's top clubs to hold on to their star assets.

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