By Rich Parry
Former Manchester City midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Manuel Pellegrini's side are favourites for next season's Premier League title, not least because David Moyes is struggling to attract transfer targets to Manchester United.
Hamann thinks that City's summer reinforcements and Moyes' failure to sign either Thiago or Cesc Fabregas to Old Trafford could cost the Red Devils the Premier League title.
"Manchester United have not signed anyone, it remains to be seen who is going to come to the club, I think Moyes finds it hard to sign players," he told Goal. "I can’t imagine Ferguson not having signed a player by now, there were a few targets, so obviously David Moyes has got to overcome that problem of not being that high-profile.
"I think he’s a very good manager, and United are probably the closest challengers, but I expect City to win the league this season."
City have spent around £90 million on Jesus Navas, Fernandinho, Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic this summer, and Hamann thinks that those arrivals will be enough to deliver the title.
"I think they have spent very well, they addressed the weakness they had last season," he added. "For me they had the best squad last season, and they certainly will have the best squad this season, if you want to win the league next season you have to finish above City.
"They are favourites. It may have sounded a bit daft to say you have to finish above City to win the league, obviously you have to finish above the other 19 teams to win the league but I think if you beat City this year, if you finish above City, you are more or less certain to win the league. For me they are the strongest team, they are favourites."
Hamann is also unconvinced that Jose Mourinho can repeat his success at Stamford Bridge, at least during next season, due to some of the ageing members of his squad.
"Chelsea I’m not sure about, some of the players are coming to the end of their careers, Terry, Lampard, Cole, Cech, it remains to be seen how Mourinho handles all these players," he continued.
"He had some much success when he was at Chelsea first time around, so I’m not sure if Chelsea are ready to do it, they’re very good going forward but defensively I think they have one or two issues to sort out."