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Man City set to expand by buying Uruguayan club

Manchester City already own a number of clubs. Credit: PA

By Will Unwin

Manchester City are close to adding a Uruguayan club to their portfolio of foreign teams.

The likes of New York City, Melbourne City and Yokohama Marinos are already members of the City Football Group. The organisation has looked to South America in order to expand their portfolio.

New York City is already part of City Football Group. Credit: PA

It had been thought that City would first acquire a Chinese club, but have instead opted for Uruguay in order to aid commercial revenue and assist in the signing of players from the continent.

Buying a club in Uruguay could assist with easing issues related to third-party ownership of players, which has reportedly hindered them in the past.

Gabriel Jesus is one of a number of South Americans at Manchester City. Credit: PA

As South America is a hotbed for talented footballers, other Premier League clubs have scouted out the possibility of buying Brazilian or Colombian sides.

The progressive nature of CFG is set to leave other clubs with similar ambitions behind, as the look to continually expanded their organisation, with China thought to be the next destination.