Finance guru issues 'money-spinning' Man City claim as summer plan explained
Man City will not just take the highest offer when planning a pre-season tour – commercial and strategic factors will also be considered.
That is the view of finance expert Doctor Dan Plumley, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about City’s “money-spinning” plans for the summer.
City announced last Monday (25 April) that they will play Club America and an unnamed opponent at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas in July.
And the reigning Premier League champions revealed yesterday (2 May) that they will take on Bayern Munich in Green Bay, Wisconsin a few days later.
The tour, which is City’s second in the United States in five years, represents the first chance to head abroad in pre-season since the pandemic struck.
And Plumley claims City will have considered cash value, commercial markets and potential opposition before they settled on the US.
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“It’s quite strategic how they decide where to go,” the Sheffield Hallam University expert told Football Insider‘s Adam Williams.
“Money comes into it but target audience and emerging commercial markets also come into play.
“The Premier League itself is looking to the US for growth so it makes sense that the clubs are too.
“Then there are also issues around ownership and where the owners have interests, and City Football Group obviously has connections in the US.
“You also look at where other clubs are playing in pre-season. Often you’ll get these big money-spinning ties where City might play Real Madrid.”
City turned over £271.7m in commercial income in 2020-21.
They face Real Madrid in the second leg of the Champions League semi-final tomorrow (4 May).