Club by club guide to the new Premier League season, which kicks off on Saturday (all transfer fees are listed in pounds):
Manager: Roberto Mancini
Last season: Premier League winners, FA Cup 3rd round, League Cup semi-finals, Champions League group stage, Europa League last 16
Out: Vladimir Weiss (Pescara) undisclosed fee, Greg Cunningham (Bristol City) undisclosed, Joan Angel Roman (Barcelona) undisclosed, Ahmed Benali (Brescia) free transfer, Gai Assulin (Racing Santander) free, Andrea Mancini (Real Valladolid) free, Wayne Bridge (Brighton) loan, Omar Elabdellaoui (Feyenoord) loan, Abdisalam Ibrahim (Stromsgodset) loan, Owen Hargreaves (released), Stuart Taylor (released), Gunnar Nielsen (released)
Outlook: How do you top winning the greatest title race in Premier League history? That is the question Roberto Mancini must answer as Manchester City prepare to defend the English crown for the first time in 44 years.
The outpouring of joy that engulfed Eastlands after Sergio Aguero's stoppage-time winner snatched the title from Manchester United on the last day of the season will never be forgotten. But City's status as top dogs will bring greater scrutiny and higher expectations than ever.
Only a repeat of their title victory and a prolonged challenge in the Champions League will be seen as an improvement on last season's heroics.
City are sure to be a major force again this term, but boss Roberto Mancini already senses danger. The Italian, knowing marquee signings are required to convert temporary success into sustained dominance, wants City to build from a position of strength and has grown frustrated at their failure to land Arsenal forward Robin van Persie.
Manager: Sir Alex Ferguson
Last season: Premier League runners-up, FA Cup 4th round, League Cup quarter-finals, Champions League group stage, Europa League last 16
In: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund) 12m, Nick Powell (Crewe) 4m,
Out: Matty James (Leicester) undisclosed, Ritchie De Laet (Leicester) undisclosed, Park Ji-Sung (QPR) 2m, Liam Jacobs (Oldham) undisclosed, Tomasz Kuszczak (Brighton) free, Oliver Norwood (Huddersfield) free, Paul Pogba (Juventus) free, Fabio da Silva (QPR) loan, Ben Amos (Hull) loan, Reece Brown (Coventry) loan, John Cofie (Sheffield Utd) loan, Sean McGinty (Oxford) loan, Michael Owen (released)
Outlook: "It will take City a century to get our history, but they have given us a challenge and we will kick on." Sir Alex Ferguson's response to the bitter blow of losing the Premier League to Manchester City with virtually the last kick of the season was typically fiesty and it is safe to assume his team's response to the threat from across Manchester will be equally vigorous.
United's first season without a trophy since 2005 should bring out the street fighter in Ferguson, who is well aware that City's wealth poses a significant but not insurmountable challenge.
Ferguson has seen off the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea when they have threatened United at various stages of his 26-year reign and even City will be wary of the 70-year-old's response.
So far Ferguson has reacted to his side's clear weakness in midfield by signing Japanese star Shinji Kagawa and promising teenager Nick Powell from Crewe. But, with owners the Glazer family still battling to reduce United's massive debts, failing to match City's strength in depth could be a crucial factor again when the medals are handed out in May.
Manager: Arsene Wenger
Last season: 3rd in Premier League, FA Cup 5th round, League Cup quarter-finals, Champions League last 16
In: Santi Cazorla (Malaga) 14m, Olivier Giroud (Montpellier) 13m, Lukas Podolski (Cologne) 11m,
Out: Carlos Vela, Pedro Botelho, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Gavin Hoyte (Dagenham and Redbridge) free, Manuel Almunia (Watford) free, Denilson (Sao Paulo) loan, Benik Afobe (Bolton) loan, Joel Campbell (Real Betis) loan, Rhys Murphy (released), Tom Cruise (released)
Outlook: Not for the first time, Arsene Wenger has spent the summer engaged in an apparently fruitless attempt to persuade a star player to remain at the Emirates Stadium.
From the frustrating sagas of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri's moves to Barcelona and Manchester City 12 months ago to Robin van Persie signalling his desire leave by refusing to sign a new contract, Wenger is learning the hard way that Arsenal's lack of success quickly leads to disenchantment with even his enlightened ways.
With no new silverware in the Arsenal trophy cabinet for seven years now, it is hardly surprising that van Persie's head would be turned by offers from Manchester City, Manchester United and Juventus -- all champions within the last two years.
Wenger's problem is that van Persie's current contract expires at the end of this season. The potential loss a transfer fee in the region of 25 million means the Dutch striker, who scored 37 goals in all competitions last season, is almost certain to get his wish to leave a club who, with key midfielder Alex Song also reported to be unsettled, look destined to remain entertaining underachievers for the foreseeable future.
Manager: Andre Villas-Boas
Last season: 4th in Premier League, FA Cup semi-finals, League Cup 3rd round, Europa League group stage
In: Jan Vertonghen (Ajax) 9m, Gylfi Sigurdsson (Hoffenheim) 8m,
Out: Niko Kranjcar (Dynamo Kiev) 5.5m, Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow) 5m, Steven Pienaar (Everton) 4m, Ryan Nelsen (QPR) free, Massimo Luongo (Ipswich) loan, Bongani Khumalo (PAOK Thessaloniki) loan, Louis Saha (released), Ben Alnwick (Barnsley) free, Ledley King (retired)