Manchester United legend Gary Neville believes whichever team has the best summer transfer window will emerge victorious in the upcoming 2017/18 Premier League season.
The new campaign kicks off in less than a month on Saturday (12 August) as the top teams in England look to continue strengthening their squads.
However, no Premier League champion has successfully defended the title since United accomplished the feat in 2009 and Neville expects the Blues to dip with their new Champions League commitments.
Instead, the former Valencia manager has predicted that the title will come to Manchester.
"I said last season that the title would come to Manchester - and I was wrong - but I think this year it will," Neville said, as quoted on Sky Sports. "I think Chelsea will dip a little bit. Not in a negative way, but just having the Champions League will bring different challenges. I think Tottenham will be strong, but I feel that either United or City will win it, but I'm not sure who!"
"I say it every year, whoever recruits best, wins the league. Chelsea getting N'Golo Kante [last year] was a masterstroke and Eden Hazard and Diego Costa came back to form. All the clubs are going for the same players, they're all expensive and controlled by agents.
"So, whoever has the best relationship, the best contacts and is willing to put the money in will probably do it."
Although his former side have strengthened with the additions of Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku, Neville believes the Red Devils still have work to do in the transfer window if they want to massively improve on their sixth-place finish last season and challenge for the title.
"United need to strengthen, but they all do - quite a bit," he explained. "Even the champions [Chelsea] need to if they're to repeat what they did last season. You're not just talking about winning the Premier League title, you're talking about competing in Europe."
"English clubs have been well short in the last few seasons. All big clubs want to be winning Champions Leagues. That won't happen unless they significantly improve. United need to sign four or five players."