How Manchester United have comprehensively trumped City in the transfer market

Manchester City's signing of Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling doesn't leave them looking too practical.

There has been plenty of debate surrounding the news Manchester City have agreed a fee with Liverpool for Raheem Sterling.

And, however you feel about whether the 20-year-old will be a success at the Etihad Stadium, the undisputable fact is that Manchester United have so far got far better value for money than their cross-city rivals.

Sterling - £49m

Sterling has cost Manchester City £49 million (ESPN), meaning, for roughly the same value, Manchester United have already signed three players...

Schweinsteiger - £14.4m

Bastian Schweinsteiger will cost United £14.4m (Sky Sports) and offers experience and quality. Okay, the German may be a risk in terms of his age and recent injury record. But paying £49m for a 20-year-old is a risk, too, and Schweinsteiger would easily make it into Manchester City's midfield, let alone United's.

Depay - £25m

A key transfer, as Memphis Depay could offer a lot more than Sterling for a lot less money. The Dutchman cost £25m (Guardian), although the BBC claim he was signed for £31m. Either way, he is still far cheaper than Sterling having scored far more goals last term (fair enough, these were in the Eredivisie).

Darmian - £12.7m

Manchester United have also confirmed an agreement for right-back Matteo Darmian, who could cost £12.7m (Sky Sports), thereby addressing another key need within Louis van Gaal's squad.

With the Guardian's Depay valuation, then, United have signed three quality players for £52.1m, while the BBC's valuation takes that to £58.1m. For only a little less, Manchester City have signed just one player: an inexperienced forward who didn't reach double figures in terms of goals last term.

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