The owners of the English Premier League want to increase its portfolio to eight football teams around the world.
The City Football Group, owners of English Premier League leaders Manchester City, are considering buying a club in India.
Chief executive Ferran Soriano spoke to the BBC about the idea of buying the group’s eighth club.
“With all these developments we have to be patient,” said Soriano.
“We have some interest in some markets and countries where there are genuine football passion and opportunities, like China, but also India. So there might be other opportunities in Asia.”
“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,” he added.
“As we see it now, there is a natural pace of growth that we will follow that takes us to more than seven teams, but not 100 teams.”
City Football Group already owns the Citizens and owns or has shares in New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama Marinos, Atletico Torque, Girona and they recently acquired Chinese third vision side Sichuan Jiuniu.
“I cannot see 10 years ahead but the group might have two or three teams more. Is this going to change in five years and we’re going to have more? Maybe, I don’t know that,” the executive added.
“But to complete the vision that we had six years ago, I think we will have maybe two or three clubs more.”
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