Manchester City’s parent company has added a ninth club to its global portfolio with the purchase of Belgian second-tier side Lommel SK.
It has been reported that Lommel’s debts of £1.75 million (S$3.05 million) will be wiped out by the City Football Group (CFG) as part of the deal.
CFG has full or part-ownership of clubs in three European countries, and in four other continents.
In addition to Lommel and English Premier League champions Manchester City, they have stakes in New York City FC, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos, Montevideo City Torque, Girona, Sichuan Jiuniu and Mumbai City.
CFG chief executive Ferran Soriano said the deal would improve the chances of unearthing Belgian talent such as current and former Man City stars Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany.
“We are excited to welcome Lommel SK to City Football Group and to work together with the fans and the city to develop the club,” he said in a statement on Monday (May 11).
“Belgium is one of Europe’s best football countries as demonstrated by the success of the national team and the development of world-class players, some of whom we know very well, like Kevin de Bruyne and Vincent Kompany.
“This investment is part of our long-term strategy to be present in key football countries, play beautiful football and develop talent.”
City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group, have the majority stake in CFG, while American and Chinese organisations have also invested in the company.