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Man City's new purchase set to become Melbourne City

Manchester City's latest purchase, A-League club Melbourne Heart, is likely to be rebranded as Melbourne City FC.

The English Premier League outfit and the Heart released a joint statement on Thursday morning AEST confirming that City had acquired 80% of the A-League club effective immediately.

Also involved in the acquisition is National Rugby League (NRL) side Melbourne Storm who have gained 20% of the shareholding.

Upon perusal of the Australian internet domain registry, it appears as though Storm's chief financial officer Danielle Smith has purchased the rights to domain name 'melbournecityfc.com.au' suggesting that perhaps the Heart could be renamed in the near future.

Manchester City, along with Major League Baseball's famous New York Yankees, also own American franchise New York City FC who are set to enter Major League Soccer in 2015.

The suffix 'City' in the club titles appears to be a common theme indicating that it is probable the Heart could be branded as Melbourne City FC from the middle of 2014 when changes are made.

"Out of respect for the coaching staff and the players in the middle of the A-League season, the new ownership group will not be making any major announcements until mid-2014," read a portion of the statement.

Read why Man City acquired the Heart here

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