City own­ers close in on Uruguayan club

Daily Mail - - Football - JACK GAUGHAN

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 also own New York City, Mel­bourne City and Yoko­hama Mari­nos.

Club chiefs are also look­ing at own­er­ship in China but pri­ori­tised an ac­qui­si­tion of a Uruguayan part­ner, be­liev­ing the foray would help their com­mer­cial op­er­a­tion.

The move is also likely to aid the sign­ing of South Amer­i­can play­ers. Gabriel Je­sus’s £27mil­lion switch from Palmeiras was held up ow­ing to a third-party own­er­ship claim.

Mean­while, City have landed an FA mis­con­duct charge for al­legedly fail­ing to con­trol their play­ers dur­ing the draw with Liver­pool.

A num­ber of play­ers were seen to sur­round ref­eree Michael Oliver af­ter he awarded the vis­i­tors a penalty just af­ter half-time.

City have un­til 6pm on Thurs­day to re­spond to the charge.

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