For several years, Girona and Manchester City have had close relations with Man City reportedly eager to formalise the ties since last year. And for the very first time in their history, they have just been moved to Spain’s top flight. Although reports in Spain indicated that a deal between the two had already been sealed, Man City claimed on Tuesday that there was nothing like that yet. Besides, the Club refuted reports that they will join hands with Pere Guardiola’s agency, Media Base Sports in acquiring Girona FC. Pere, who is Pep Guardiola’s brother has been serving as a senior advisor to the club during recent years.
Although a deal to partner with Girona is not apparently in the offing, Manchester City are reportedly working on one with the hope of making it public in the later part of this summer. However, City Football Group’s acquisition of the club is not expected to be a full one.
Although during the last season Manchester City loaned Pablo Maffeo, Angelino and Pablo Mari – three of their youthful Spanish players to Girona for experience, Angelino ended up not playing for Girona and instead joining RCD Mallorca only after one month.
Next season Girona will play in the Spanish top flight, making them an even more appealing place for Man City’s loan players, with more being expected to move to the Estadi Montilivi during the summer.
Earlier this year, CFG acquired Club Atletico Torque Uruguayan second division side thus expanding itself and attaining their initial outpost in Latin America. Manchester City is in partnership with Atletico Venezuela on the Venezuelan as well (this is something that City confirmed).
Manchester City will benefit from those deals in terms of scouting, enlistment as well as commercial prospects in South America. They will become the first Premier League side to have this type of connection. Already there are clubs in the U.S and Australia and so Spain is the next step for City Football Group.