NEWCASTLE CITY WALL, England — Which cities in England are worth more than £500 million ($800 million)?
It’s a tough call, especially with the city of Manchester on the short list of the most expensive cities in Britain, but Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini’s squad could be worth more to the Premier League than the Manchester United squad.
Manchester United have already paid Manchester City more than the club paid for the same amount of land in the city, but the United boss was confident his squad could do the same thing.
The Red Devils’ first-choice squad includes some of the top earners in the world, including former Chelsea star Frank Lampard, former Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero, former Liverpool midfielder Paul Pogba and former Manchester United midfielder David de Gea.
Manchester City manager David Moyes has also paid Manchester United more than anyone else in the Premier Loans market, but his squad is also considered to be the most talented.
The biggest risk facing United is the loss of David de Guzman, the Spanish defender who joined from Barcelona last year for a reported £36 million ($56 million) after signing a new five-year contract.
De Guzman has been one of the key players in the club’s run to the top of the Premier Leagues and United are hoping he is able to continue to flourish after the Brazilian’s injury-hit campaign in England.
De Guzman is expected to return to the club this summer and could help in the defensive side of the squad.