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Manchester City’s global empire to expand with purchase Brazilian second division side Bahia

Manchester City’s global empire expands even further… with the club’s owners poised to buy Brazilian second division side Bahia to add their 12th team to their growing stable

  • Manchester City are set to add another side to their City Football Group model
  • It would expand City’s global stable of clubs to twelve and a third in South America
  • Key meeting set for this week with talks at advanced stage for sale to CFG
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Manchester City owners are to expand their global club count to 12 with the purchase of Bahia in Brazil.

Sportsmail understands a deal to take over the Second Division club is at an advanced stage, with key meetings due to take place this week in a bid to ratify a deal.

It will mark City Football Group’s (CFG) third foray into South America. They have a stake in Uruguay’s Montevideo City Torque, while also maintaining a partnership with Club Bolivar in Bolivia.

Manchester City owners are set to expand their empire with the purchase of Brazilian side Bahia
Manchester City owners are set to expand their empire with the purchase of Brazilian side Bahia

Manchester City owners are set to expand their empire with the purchase of Brazilian side Bahia

Bahia, whose president attended City’s Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid at the Etihad Stadium in April, would offer CFG a further foothold in South America as they seek to strengthen ties with the area.

The group have been aggressive in their recruitment of youngsters from the continent, bringing talent to the likes of Lommel in Belgium.

Julian Alvarez was considered an outlier when he joined City from River Plate for £14m on the advice of scout and Pep Guardiola confidante Joan Patsy.

Meanwhile, the latest club under the CFA umbrella, Italian Serie B side Palermo, are in Manchester during the international break using City’s facilities to train. Palermo are believed to play Nottingham Forest in a friendly at City’s training ground later this week.

Palermo is another club under the CFG umbrella and will be in the UK this week to use Manchester City's facilities and play a friendly against Nottingham Forest
Palermo is another club under the CFG umbrella and will be in the UK this week to use Manchester City's facilities and play a friendly against Nottingham Forest

Palermo is another club under the CFG umbrella and will be in the UK this week to use Manchester City’s facilities and play a friendly against Nottingham Forest

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