Manchester City owners expand network of football clubs into fifth continent with purchase of Club Atletico Torque

 
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CFG boss Soriano: "This gives us a footprint in South America" (Source: Getty)

Manchester City’s owners have extended their network of football clubs into a fifth continent after buying Uruguayan team Club Atletico Torque.

City Football Group (CFG), which also owns teams in America, Australia and Japan, said the deal would help it increase scouting operations in South America and carry its brand into new markets.

The Abu-Dhabi owned holding company also counts New York City FC, Melbourne City, Yokohama F Marinos in its roster alongside Premier League heavyweights Manchester City.

Club Atletico Torque, who were only founded 10 years ago, currently compete in the Uruguayan second division and play in a similar shade of blue to New York City and Manchester City.

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“The investment in CA Torque enables our organisation to build on existing connectivity in Uruguay and helps to expand the options for identifying and developing local and South American talent,” said CFG chief executive Ferran Soriano.

“This move also provides us with an administrative hub for our pre-existing scouting operations in the region and provides a footprint for CFG in South America.”

CFG have also entered into a scouting collaboration agreement with Atletico Venezuela, runners-up in the Venezuelan top tier last season.

In an interview with City A.M., CFG chief commercial officer said the club was also looking at India and China as potential markets for a future team.

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