Man City owners buy A-League club Melbourne Heart
Manchester City have been on a mission to spread their name across the globe and have taken the next step this week as a consortium led by the Citizens helped take over Australian A-League side, Melbourne Heart.
The Australian League has struggled in recent years as they fight to maintain the capital to keep the league growing and operating healthily.
However, City's owners have helped to put a major potential financial injection into the league with the Heart now under their umbrella.
Having already agreed to finance Major League Soccer's expansion franchise, New York City Football Club, City will have a second club that is tied to them for potential access for young City players to go on loan as well as seeing a boost in growth of potential Australian player's to have a better chance of being noticed by Premier League clubs.
Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano commented on the deal and looks forward to a positive future according to Goal.com:
"We are excited about the opportunity to make Melbourne Heart one of the most successful football clubs in Australia and throughout the region.
We believe the strong sports culture of Melbourne, combined with the football and commercial expertise within our consortium, will make for a powerful combination both on and off the pitch."
Manchester City's presence will not be seen in MLS until 2015, but they will be a part of Australian football immediately and it we be interesting to see just what comes of the Heart in the rest of the transfer window and into the coming summer.