With the tension building before Saturday’s Manchester Derby it has become apparent that the match is set to be the most expensive match-up in the history of football.
Not only will the match see the two most decorated managers in Europe face each other, but also 22 players that are collectively worth over £670 million in transfer fees.
It is expected that Manchester United’s starting XI will be worth £350.55 million including the world’s most expensive player Paul Pogba who returned to the club this summer from £93.25 million from Juventus. They are also likely to play Anthony Martial (£57.6m), Luke Shaw (£28m), Juan Mata (£37.1m), Eric Bailly (£30m), Marouane Fellaini (£27.5m) and Captain Wayne Rooney (£27m).
Manchester City’s predicted team cost the club £321.85 million and is expected to include Kevin de Bruyne (£54.5m), John Stones (£50m), Raheem Sterling (£49m) and Leroy Sane (£37m).
Before this match the most expensive ever was November 2015’s El Clasico when Barcelona beat Real Madrid 4 – 0. That match included players such as Gareth Bale (£85.3m), Cristiano Ronaldo (£80m), Luis Suarez (£75m), James Rodriguez (£63m) and Neymar (£48.6m).
The teams are certainly busy preparing for the game and Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been stoking the fires by sending a warning to the new City goalkeeper Claudio Bravo on Facebook.
Claudio, the Chile captain, joined the team from Barcelona for £17.1 million on a four year deal and is expected to make his City debut against United this Saturday.
Ibrahimovic posted a video on Facebook earlier in the week offering some words of warning for Bravo. Furthermore, in the video he carefully boxed up some training gear for Bravo and addressed it to the Etihad Stadium. He captioned the video “Welcome to Manchester! Here‘s some training gear, you’re gonna need it. See you Saturday.”