Manchester City thrash out deal to buy a club in Uruguay

  • Manchester City's owners have clubs in America, Australia and Japan currently
  • Club are keen to add South American side to ever-expanding portfolio of teams
  • City chiefs are in talks and have prioritised acquisition of a Uruguayan partner
  • The deal is likely to help the signing of players from that region in the future 

By Jack Gaughan for MailOnline

Published: 08:07 EDT, 20 March 2017 | Updated: 08:12 EDT, 20 March 2017

Manchester City are thrashing out a deal to buy a club in Uruguay as part of their ever-expanding portfolio of foreign teams.

City Football Group - who also own New York City, Melbourne City and Yokohama Marinos - have identified South America as an area to target.

Club chiefs are also looking at ownership in China but prioritised an acquisition of a Uruguayan partner.

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) could add to his portfolio of foreign teams Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) could add to his portfolio of foreign teams

Manchester City owner Sheikh Mansour (centre) could add to his portfolio of foreign teams

Frank Lampard played for New York City before his retirement from playing at the start of 2017 Frank Lampard played for New York City before his retirement from playing at the start of 2017

Frank Lampard played for New York City before his retirement from playing at the start of 2017

City believe the foray into South America would help their commercial operation, while the move is likely to help the signing of players from that region.

Gabriel Jesus' £27million switch from Palmeiras was held up for weeks owing to a third-party ownership claim involving the striker's former agent, as revealed by Sportsmail.

A partner in South America could therefore help ease any potential issues in the future, with City keen to forgo those sort of delays again.

Other Premier League clubs are scouring South America for possible expansions, with officials having visited Brazil and Colombia on the hunt for similar projects.

City, though, have stolen a march on their rivals and could soon announce the new CFG club before refocusing efforts on China.

Gabriel Jesus' move from Palmeiras was held up for weeks, but City's new deal could stop that Gabriel Jesus' move from Palmeiras was held up for weeks, but City's new deal could stop that

Gabriel Jesus' move from Palmeiras was held up for weeks, but City's new deal could stop that

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