Atlético to seal partnership with Manchester City

The clubs will form a strategic alliance at the end of their current campaigns

Atletico Madrid will enter strategic partnership with Manchester City

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Atlético and Manchester City intend to finalise a strategic partnership in the spring, at the end of the current Liga and Premier League campaigns, AS reports.

The deal will be made official upon a simultaneous signing to take place in both Madrid and Manchester. By way of the agreement, both sides will seek joint sponsorship deals, share information on youth squad members and exchange players.

The partnership is part of a larger association to be composed of 10 to 12 football clubs throughout the world. Already united to the cause are Manchester City (England), Raja Casablanca (Morocco), Al Ain (United Arab Emirates), Muangthong United (Thailand), Shanghai Shenhua (China), América (Mexico) and Atlético Madrid (Spain).

The next three teams expected to affiliate will come from Brazil, United States and Japan.

This first-of-its-kind alliance will help each member club expand its global appeal, and will be nurtured annually by a friendly pre-season tournament to take place in early August.

Among the affiliates are some of the world’s richest clubs. Al Ain is owned by Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the prince of Abu Dhabi; Muangthong is owned by Siamsport, a company that also owns 90 per cent of Thailand’s TV rights; and, Manchester City, is owned by Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates.

Strapped for cash, Atlético directors will hope to profit from their alliances and bring in additional capital. Funding is still needed for the ever-pending construction of the Peineta stadium and the Alcorcón athletic facilities.

  • Nick Poskitt

    As a Manchester United fan, I can only say this is a disaster!

    I hope this doesn’t mean we could be exchanging players such as Agüero and De Gea – we are NOT a feeder club!

  • Lubo Sklenar

    If this means, that we are a feeder club, this is BIGGEST STEP BEHIND this management has ever done.

  • David

    We will not be a feeder club. I think this is a good deal for Atlético as City always have an excess of talented players that need to pitchtime. I wouldn’t mind getting Adam Johnson, Shaun-Wright Phillips, Micah Richards or Roque Santa-Cruz off the bench from City to the Calderón. Also i believe it will benefit scouting for South American talents if we work together with Brazilian clubs.

  • Ringo Schut

    As long as we don’t lose (too many) key players, this will not be that bad.

    I have a good feeling about this.
    Plus, if a player doesn’t want to himself, he isn’t forced to leave, I guess. If Aguero wanted to go to PL he would’ve gone already, it’s just that MC will have the first chance.

  • I’ve been a City supporter for many years now so if a partnership is to be made I prefer that it’s with them.

    Not that I get to understand the nature and purpose of the alliance, anyway…