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Manchester City launch bid for New York franchise

Manchester city owner Sheikh Mansour binManchester City’s owners have launched a bid to own a New York City-based Major League Soccer franchise that will be set up in 2016.

Sheik Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan has entered final negotiations to purchase the 20th MLS franchise to be situated in the Queens borough of New York, according to sources quoted in the New York Times.

The Abu Dhabi United Group are willing to pay a 100 million dollar expansion fee for right to set up a team which could be called New York City F.C.

It has been claimed that a deal for a privately financed £200 million stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which would hold 25,000 spectators and could be expanded to 35,000, could be completed after cutting through months of red tape.

Major League Soccer wants to make the announcement before May 25, when City is scheduled to play an exhibition at Yankee Stadium against Chelsea.

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