City Football Group buys Indian club

City Football Group buys Indian club

Manchester City’s parent company, City Football Group (CFG), has agreed a deal to buy a majority stake in Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC.

CFG is buying 65% of Mumbai City, meaning the group will now hold a stake in eight football clubs.

Bollywood actor Ranbir Kapoor owns the remaining 35% of the club along with accountant Bimal Parekh.
On Wednesday, CFG also announced a £389m investment from US private equity firm Silver Lake.

That deal values CFG at £3.73bn.

The group already owns controlling stakes in Manchester City, Major League Soccer side New York City FC and Australian A-League team Melbourne City as well as minority shareholdings in clubs in China, Spain, Uruguay and Japan.

Mumbai, founded in 2014, have previously been managed by Manchester City greats Peter Reid and Nicolas Anelka, while former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan played for the club in 2016.

The club are seventh after five games in the Indian Super League, following a third-place finish last season.

“We believe that this investment will deliver transformative benefits to Mumbai City FC, to City Football Group and to Indian Football as a whole,” said chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak.