Manchester City has become accustomed to blowing their rivals out of the water when it comes to transfers ever since Sheikh Mansour’s takeover in 2008.
But the Premier League champions’ exorbitant spending was outlined in a more obvious manner when they lost 1-0 to Tottenham on Sunday.
Pep Guardiola’s lineup contained players who were signed for an eye-watering total of £520million — making their starting XI the most expensive in Premier League history with an average price tag of £47.2m.
Chelsea may have set the tone for lavish spending when Roman Abramovich became their billionaire owner in 2003. But no club has spent more on transfers than Man City’s £1.6bn over the past 13 years.
Pep Guardiola watched his Man City side worth £520m lose 1-0 to Tottenham.
Man City have signed 42 players since Guardiola took over as head coach in the summer of 2016 and 17 of those signings have commanded a transfer fee of over £20m.
Their £100m acquisition of Jack Grealish from Aston Villa broke new ground, however, smashing the club’s previous transfer record set by Ruben Dias arrived from Benfica last summer for £62m.
But just how far ahead are City of previous star-studded Premier League XIs from the opening weekend? Mirror Football looks at how the other sides from the Big Six lined up
Starting XI: £247.5m
Bernd Leno (£22.5m); Calum Chambers (£16m), Ben White (£50m), Pablo Mari (£4m), Kieran Tierney (£25m); Granit Xhaka (£34m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£18m); Nicolas Pepe (£72m), Emile Smith Rowe (Youth), Gabriel Martinelli (£6m); Folarin Balogun (Youth).
Karl Hein (Youth), Rob Holding (£2m), Nuno Tavares (£8.5m), Cedric (Free), Hector Bellerin (Youth), Mohamed Elneny (£8m), Ainsley Maitland-Niles (Youth), Bukayo Saka (Youth), Reiss Nelson (Youth).
Tottenham vs Man City
Starting XI: £161m
Hugo Lloris (£12m); Japhet Tanganga (Youth), Davinson Sanchez (£42m), Eric Dier (£5m), Sergio Reguilon (£25m); Oliver Skipp (Youth), Dele Alli (£5m), Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (£3m); Lucas Moura (£21m), Heueng-min Son (£23m), Steven Bergwijn (£25m).
Pierluigi Gollini (Free), Cristian Romero (£42m), Ben Davies (£10m), Giovani Lo Celso (£42.8m), Moussa Sissoko (£30m), Bryan Gil (£21m), Dane Scarlett (Youth).
Liverpool vs Norwich
Starting XI: £366.5m
Alisson Becker (£67m); Trent Alexander-Arnold (Youth), Joel Matip (Free), Virgil van Dijk (£75m), Kostas Tsimikas (£11.5m); James Milner (Free), Oxlade-Chamberlain (£35m), Naby Keita (£65m); Mohamed Salah (£38m), Diogo Jota (£41m), Sadio Mane (£34m).
Caomhin Kelleher (Youth), Joe Gomez (£2m), Ibrahima Konate (£35m), Fabinho (£40m), Ben Woodburn (Youth), Takumi Minamino (£8.5m), Harvey Elliott (£3m), Roberto Firmino (£29m), Divock Origi (£10m).
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Starting XI: £283.8m
Edouard Mendy (£22m); Trevoh Chalobah (Youth), Andreas Christensen (£1m), Antonio Rudiger (£29m); Cesar Azpilicueta (£7m), Jorginho (£57m), Mateo Kovacic (£40m), Marcos Alonso (£23m); Mason Mount (Youth), Timo Werner (£47.5m), Christian Pulisic (£57.3m).
Kepa Arrizabalaga (£71m), Thiago Silva (Free), Kurt Zouma (£12m), Emerson (£23m), Ben Chilwell (£50m), Reece James (Youth), Kai Havertz (£72m), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Youth), Tammy Abraham (Youth).
Manchester United vs Leeds
Starting XI: £419.5m
David de Gea (£20m); Aaron Wan-Bissaka (£50m), Victor Lindelof (£38m), Harry Maguire (£80m), Luke Shaw (£27m); Fred (£52m), Scott McTominay (Youth); Daniel James (£17m), Bruno Fernandes (£46.5m), Paul Pogba (£89m); Mason Greenwood (Youth).
Tom Heaton (Free), Diogo Dalot (£19m), Brandon Williams (Youth), Nemanja Matic (£40m), Donny van de Beek (£35m), Andreas Pereira (Youth), Juan Mata (£37m), Jadon Sancho (£73m), Anthony Martial (£36m).
Manchester City vs Tottenham
Starting XI: £519.7m
Ederson (£34m); Joao Cancelo (£52m), Ruben Dias (£62m), Nathan Ake (£40m), Benjamin Mendy (£48m), Fernandinho (£34m), Ilkay Gundogan (£19.7m), Jack Grealish (£100m); Riyad Mahrez (£60m), Ferran Torres (£20m), Raheem Sterling (£50m).
Zack Steffen (£7m), Aymeric Laporte (£60m), John Stones (£47.5m), Oleksandr Zinchenko (£1.7m), Kyle Walker (£49m), Rodri (£61m), Bernardo Silva (£43m), Kevin de Bruyne (£55m), Gabriel Jesus (£27m).