Manchester City set to buy Chinese club and tour China in July – report

Manchester City are expected to embark on a tour of China this summer as they look to boost their profile in Asia, the Daily Mail reports.

The Blues went to China in 2016 with torrential rain forcing a planned Manchester derby against neighbours Manchester United to be called off, throwing that tour into disarray.

Several years later, they look set to visit China again, although no match against United is planned this time. It is reported that City should play three matches in China this July, and could also make a stop elsewhere in Asia, with Japan being discussed as a possible destination.

The City Football Group is 13 per cent owned by CMC, a Chinese consortium, and they want to expand their portfolio with talks in progress to secure a club in Chengdu, with the Daily Mail backing up a report from Italy in November that the CFG was ready to add a stronghold in Chengdu, the most important city in west China.

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