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Champions League: Manchester City V Paris Saint-Germain – Whose Starting XI Cost More?

PARIS, FRANCE - APRIL 06: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (C) of Paris Saint-Germain controls the ball under pressure of Bacary Sagna (L) and Nicolas Otamendi (R) of Manchester City during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final First Leg match between Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City at Parc des Princes on April 6, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Manchester City are set to do battle with Paris Saint-Germain in the second leg of their Champions League quarter final tie at the Etihad this evening.

With the tie finely poised at 2-2 from the first leg in Paris last week, both will be determined to progress to the semi finals of the competition for the first time in their respective histories.

The fixture, unofficially dubbed “El Cashico,” will feature hundreds of millions of euro worth of talent on show – though some has undoubtedly been squandered.

But in battle of the sheiks, whose chequebook has been put to better use? Comparing the cost of tonight’s predicted starting lineups, it is easy to see where the money could have been put to better use.

(It should also be noted that both will be short at least one significant signing each, as neither Raheem Sterling nor David Luiz will be involved due to injury and suspension respectively.)

All tansfer fees taken from Transfermarkt.com

Manchester City – Combined Cost: €335.95m

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Paris Saint-Germain – Combined Cost: €265m

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Over €600m worth of investment is set to be on show at the Etihad this evening, and yet whoever wins will still be seen as being behind Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid (should those last two qualify) on the road to the final in Milan on May 28th

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Author: The PA Team

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