Premier League 2018-19: Who is best equipped to challenge Manchester City?

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Manchester City are unlikely to bring in more new signings ahead of Thursday's transfer deadline, according to manager Pep Guardiola. Manchester United, who are with Adidas, earn £75 million a year in a 10-year agreement signed in 2014.

Manchester United will kick off the new Premier League season when they take on Leicester City at Old Trafford on Friday night.

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Another specialist holding midfield option alongside Fernandinho was also a priority but City's pursuit of Jorginho ended with the Italy global moving to Chelsea from Napoli.

But while City begin the campaign as firm favourites after their record-breaking title campaign last season, they will be well aware of the threat posed by Juergen Klopp's improving Liverpool and the rest of the big six.


Talking of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp's men completed their pre-season schedule with a 3-1 victory against Italian side Torino last night. The Gunners's current deal with Puma expires next year and the Mail says they will sign an agreement with adidas that will be worth £60m a season over five years.

But he sounded a different tone at Sky Sports' Premier League launch event on Tuesday when discussing the options within his squad who can operate at the base of the midfield. It is going to be challenging, particularly for the promoted clubs, who effectively have two-and-a-half weeks less. Then, they have to play good. But the decision has been made and we'll analyse it in September when it's all over.

Shearer said: It has been a long time since anyone won back-to-back titles but I think City will win the Premier League again because of Pep - he won't want their standards slipping.


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