Revealed: Man City plotting landmark Indian operation ahead of the summer - sources
Man City are considering a landmark visit to India during pre-season ahead of 2023-24, Football Insider has learned.
India is not a typical destination for high-end European clubs to prime themselves for a new campaign, with most favouring the United States or East Asia where they have established fanbases.
But Man City have spied commercial opportunities in India with the recent success of Mumbai City, an offshoot of City Football Group.
Mumbai City won their first Indian Super League title in 2020-21 and are currently seven points clear at the top thanks to a record-breaking 16-match unbeaten streak.
Man City recognise that the region’s climate could be an issue during the summer months, but the club’s bean counters believe any logistical issues are offset by potential commercial inroads.
The Indian Super League is among the fastest-growing leagues in the world and the nation’s interest in European football is also on the rise.
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Man City strengthened its ties to India in January by partnering with Jio, with the deal facilitated by Rise Worldwide, India’s biggest sports and entertainment company.
It is likely that City’s trip to the subcontinent would see them play a one-off match as opposed to a fully-fledged tour.
Previous trips to maturing markets have seen elite clubs face off against a league-wide all-star XI.
A single match against Mumbai City would likely not draw sufficient crowds as they are not among the best-supported sides in the division.
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