Manchester: City Football Group, the owners of the Premier League club Manchester City are set to buy a club in Indian Super League this year. The club has identified India as the next big market and are actively seeking a club to add to their seven-strong stable of clubs which span five continents.
City Football Group CEO Soriano said: “With all these developments we have to be patient. We’ve been looking at India for nearly two years now. I’d say this year we’ll end up doing an investment in India.”
City chief executive Ferran Soriano flew to India in January and watched Mumbai take on Jamshedpur. The City Football Group last month bought Chinese second division club Sichuan Jiuniu as part of their strategy to open up the far east market.
The summer tour is supposed to have China and Japan as Man City would prepare for the 19/20 season.
India has been identified as the next big market with the change in the demography of Indian sports, the increase in inclination of people from Cricket to other sports where Football interest contributing the most. This shift of interest in sports paradigm has made India as one of the future markets for football, Man City Group are seeking to add one club to their list from India.
The population of Mumbai is 21 million which has also been a factor to spurn the interest of Manchester City for the inclination towards Mumbai City as the potential target in Indian Super League.
The Manchester City scouts are set to watch the playoffs of the ISL this year and assess the football standards of all the four football teams- NorthEast United, Mumbai City FC, FC Goa and Bengaluru FC. But a reliable source has confirmed to us that the club is most likely to buy Mumbai City FC as the club expects a good market from the city.
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