Ex-France manager Raymond Domenech caused a stir by advising his former goalkeeper Hugo Lloris against moving to Manchester United and claiming that they are no bigger than his current club, Tottenham Hotspur.
In terms of Premier League form in the last two seasons, Domenech is not entirely wrong. Tottenham finished 6th, one place above United, in 2013/14 - and one position behind them in 5th last season.
However, United still have a lot more to offer Lloris than the White Hart Lane club - and not just in terms of wages or past success.
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UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules prevent clubs from consistently spending more than they earn, and United have never been short of revenue.
Having shown their spending power last season in a £146million spending spree, United will begin their £750million kit deal with Adidas - which the club reportedly believes to be the biggest in sport - at the start of the new campaign.
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According to The Mirror, Tottenham earn just £10m per-season for their deal with Under Armour - £65m less than United.
IN A DIFFERENT LEAGUE
It was important for United to qualify for this season's Champions League, because they can now couple their spending power with the allure of playing in Europe's top club competition and attract top players.
The fact that United have been linked with Real Madrid's Sergio Ramos, a player Tottenham would have virtually no chance of attracting, suggests that there is still a gulf between the clubs in terms of ambition.
While Liverpool's prestige may somewhat have worn off after 25 years without a league title, nobody has forgotten United's achievements under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Being England's most historically successful club is not important in itself with regards to attracting stars to United, but it gives players reason to believe that the club is capable of winning silverware again in the near future.
YOUNG ENOUGH TO DREAM
Lloris is only 28-years-old and may well one day play in the Champions League for Tottenham, should he remain in north London.
However, if he joins United, he will be part of a club that is building to win the competition, and one that might yet succeed in the near future.
United fans, should Lloris leave Spurs to move to Old Trafford this summer? Let us know in the comments box below.
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