According to ESPN, the City Football Group are eyeing an expansion in the Chinese Super League as the latest step in the group’s growth.

In recent times, City have launched teams in New York and Melbourne – making signings like David Villa and Andrea Pirlo.

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And China have also been prominent in their big-name signings, with Ramires and Ezequiel Lavezzi moving to the Chinese Super League.

City hid the headlines in December when it was revealed that Chinese consortium CMC had placed a £265m investment in the club. And the next step could be to open up a club in the Chinese Super League, one of the fastest growing leagues in the world.

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According to the report, “Shanghai City” has been touted as a potential project and though there is no word on a preferred destination, the first steps in the process are said to be under way.

Meanwhile the club also reportedly have plans to set up franchises in both Central and South America as the look to become the biggest brand in football.