Manchester City could swap trips to Old Trafford and the Emirates Stadium next season for Kenilworth Road and The Den.
That’s if Luton and Millwall fail to secure a promotion and the Citizens are found guilty of breaking financial rules.
The Premier League have charged Pep Guardiola’s side with more than 100 alleged breaches dating back to the 2009/10 season following a four-year investigation into the club’s finances.
If found guilty, City could be hit with a huge fine, a points deduction or even ejection from the top flight.
talkSPORT have been advised that City may be relegated to the Championship.
And if the unthinkable happens and they find themselves in the second tier of English football, their squad value would cost almost as much as all the teams in the Championship combined.
According to Transfermarkt, the total value of the 24 clubs is £1.11billion, with Watford being the most expensive side with an estimate of £113million.
By comparison, Premier League champions City are worth £935m as they boast a stacked squad full of top stars.
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Incredibly, striker Erling Haaland is valued at £151million having already netted 25 Premier League goals.
That’s more than the Watford squad, whose most popular players are Ismaila Sarr [£19.5m] and João Pedro [£17.8m].
Norwich right-back Max Aarons, Blackburn striker Ben Brereton Diaz and Sheffield United midfielder Sander Berge complete the top five most expensive Championship players with the trio valued at £14.2million .
Only seven players in City’s squad are worth less than those five – Kyle Walker, Sergio Gomez and Cole Palmer [£13.3m]Maxime Perrone [£7.5m]Stefan Ortega [£5.3m]Rico Lewis [£890k] and Scott Carson [£222k].
A return to the Championship would see City back into the second tier where they played for periods in the 1990s and early 2000s.
City even found themselves one stage into the Second Division – what is now League One – after suffering back-to-back relegations.
The last time they plied their trade in the second tier was in the 2001/02 season, when they beat West Brom for the title, racking up 99 points.
A number of the teams they faced that season remain in the division, with older City fans knowing the away days at Preston, Rotherham, Coventry and Millwall all too well.
And a host of the clubs they have faced in the Premier League in recent years are now in the Championship, where young City supporters may have frequented.
These teams include West Brom, Watford, Burnley, Sheffield United, Middlesbrough, Blackburn, Sunderland, QPR, Swansea, Blackpool, Huddersfield, Norwich, Stoke, Cardiff, Birmingham, Reading and Hull.
City fans will also dread a potential trip to Wigan, which has been the club’s bane for the past decade.
Wigan have won three of the last four meetings – starting with their shock FA Cup final victory in 2013.
They then knocked City out of the competition the following year in the quarter-finals at the Etihad Stadium.
And in February 2018, Wigan – then in League One – beat City 1-0 in the FA Cup at the DW Stadium thanks to Will Grigg’s 79th-minute strike.
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