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Paul Scholes questions Chelsea's sale of Nemanja Matic to Manchester Utd

11 Agosto 2017, 06:31 | Gerardo Tarin

Richard Scudamore Chief Executive of the Premier League during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge London (Mike Egerton PA

Richard Scudamore Chief Executive of the Premier League during the Premier League match at Stamford Bridge London (Mike Egerton  PA

Almost a decade and piles of money later, the Belgian is still their best defender (when fit) and starts ahead of players that cost seven times what he did.

Played for both: Historically, the Manchester divide has been crossed on numerous occasions but, since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, only five players have featured for both United and City at one point or another.

Some, are not so obvious. The transfer market is not finished.

Guardiola had a troubled debut campaign at Eastlands as the Spaniard failing to win a trophy for the first time in his storied managerial career.

United, without a league title since 2013, certainly appear to have filled important gaps in their squad.

Will Conte survive tough title defence?

Eden Hazard will need to shoulder more responsibility while Conte will hope new signing Tiemoue Bakayoko would replicate his last season's form at Monaco.

Can Arsene answer Arsenal critics?

Matic completed a £40 million transfer to Old Trafford at the end of last month, having been excused from Chelsea's preseason tour of the Far East when it became clear that he wanted to leave the Premier League champions in search of regular first-team football elsewhere.

The big story of Thursday's papers is an "explosive" interview of a Premier League "top-six star" by The Sun, the identity of who was not known at the time of writing.

Has Guardiola learnt English lessons?

But could cross-city rivals Manchester United mount a challenge after spending over £130m themselves? . After the tragicomic years of David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, United fans were willing to be patient with Mourinho as he had a significant rebuilding job on his hands.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has assembled a side capable of holding their own against anyone, but for two years in a row they have fallen short in the title race.

The pressure is on Alvaro Morata to make an immediate impact as Chelsea's first-choice striker, as he seeks to replace Diego Costa, who is not in the plans of manager Antonio Conte.

Liverpool's hopes hinge on hanging on to attacking ace Philippe Coutinho, with Barcelona desperate to sign him after selling fellow Brazilian Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record $326 million.

Even more so than his old foe Jose Mourinho across town at Manchester United, if Guardiola can not at the very least orchestrate a sustained title challenge, his gilded reputation will take a sizeable hit.

How high can Everton go?

That tally was only bettered by Harry Kane, Alexis Sanchez and Lukaku.

He added that the Championship is also at risk of becoming a "basket case" division as clubs are tempted to stake more money on chasing Premier League status, if they have financial backers who can sustain losses.

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