The game pits the King, against the would-be king; the European champion, against a club spending money like crazy in order to be a champion.
Italian giant Inter Milan will play an exhibition against Manchester City at Baltimore’s M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday.
Last July Chelsea defeated A.C. Milan in front of more than 70,000 fans at the Baltimore venue, generating $20 million.
Inter Milan is coming off one of its best season ever. The club beat Bayern Munich to win the Champions League, and also won the Italian league and Italian Cup titles in 2010.
Manchester City, coached by former Italian star Roberto Mancini, which finished fifth in the English Premier League. The star-studded team lost 2-1 to the New York Red Bulls on Sunday.
City played Club America in the Georgia Dome on Wednesday.
Summer signing Yaya Toure from Barcelona and England World Cup player Shaun Wright-Phillips will be available for the Inter game.
As the team’s prepare to meet in Baltimore, the clubs are haggling over the price of Inter’s 19-year-old striker Mario Balotelli. City want to buy the volatile ace for $25 million, but Inter is asking for $30 million. If City land Balotelli it could bring their summer spending up to $167 million after already buying Aleksandar Kolarov, Touré, David Silva and Jerome Boateng. Manchester are also keen on luring James Milner from Aston Villa.
The game is the final stop in Manchester’s U.S. tour. The Premier League season starts Aug. 14.
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