CHAMPIONS LEAGUE qualification means there will be a minimum £100million swing between Chelsea and Manchester United next season.
A likely third-place finish in the Premier League will guarantee the Blues around £52m, even if they were to lose every group stage game.
United earned £48m before kicking a ball this season, and £79.9m in total from their run to the last eight.
But United’s costly draw at Huddersfield, which ended their top four hopes, means they will miss out on the benefits of Uefa’s new “historical ranking” payment system, designed to keep Europe’s big clubs on board.
United are fifth in that table, before Spain’s big three and Bayern Munich.
That meant a payment of £26.45m from that pot, plus the £13m qualification bonus, £8.53m for finishing as runners-up in the Prem in 2017-18 and a £6.5m share of the English TV “market pool”.
But with United now out of the picture, it means Chelsea – back in the elite after missing out twice in the past three seasons – will be the big winners.
The Stamford Bridge outfit are fifth in the 2019 version of the historical table, nudging ahead of United by courtesy of their Europa League run, and banking an up-front haul of £51.95m.
BLUES BIGGEST EARNERS
That could even make Chelsea the biggest initial earners from England’s quartet, if Liverpool were to win the title.
If Manchester City retain their crown, the £11.43m they earn as Prem champions will see them start with an advantage over Chelsea of just £1m.
It is a huge financial boost for the Blues, even if it is still unclear whether Chelsea will be able to spend any of that extra cash this summer as they await the outcome of their appeal against Fifa’s two-window transfer ban.
Qualification to the last eight would add around a further £25m to the Chelsea kitty.
The contrast between that figure and the approximate £35m they stand to earn for WINNING the Europa League is huge.
It is also why an Arsenal victory in Baku at the end of the month would be a game-changer for Unai Emery.
Spurs, sure of a top four place unless there is a remarkable and unlikely series of results on Sunday, will earn around £43.7m for taking their place in the Champions League for the third season in a row.
Arsenal can still join them by winning the Europa League, and doing so by also winning the second leg of their semi-final in Valencia would see the Gunners go into the new campaign in seventh place in the historical table.
That would mean Arsenal taking £24.6m from the historical pot in addition to the qualification bonus and smaller share of TV money, adding up to just under £42m, before performance-based prize money was factored in.