The Times says Cityâ€™s wage bill on players alone has almost doubled to almost Â£80 million in the year since Hughes succeeded Sven-GÃ¶ran Eriksson as manager.
It means that Cityâ€™s players earn an average of nearly Â£2.3 million a year â€” or Â£44,000 a week â€” well over twice the average basic salary in the Barclays Premier League.
That figure will swell again if Hughes makes more signings this summer to complement the Â£12 million arrival of Gareth Barry, the England midfield player, from Aston Villa, even if the manager hopes to offload about a dozen members of his squad.
Whereas Rolando Bianchi, the former Italy Under-21 striker since sold to Torino, was the highest earner under Eriksson with a weekly wage of Â£50,000, it is less than a third of what Robinho, the highest-paid player in the Premier League, earns under Hughes.
Robinhoâ€™s Â£160,000-a-week salary accounts for more than 10 per cent of the Â£79.4 million paid in wages to 35 players under Hughesâ€™s command. Cityâ€™s wage bill for 32 players when Eriksson was in charge was Â£45.3 million.