Manchester City are ready to build a presence in the USA.
The Telegraph says Cityâ€™s Abu Dhabi-based owners are understood to be considering extending their influence in football across the Atlantic with a bid for a New York MLS franchise.
Cityâ€™s proprietors are among a number of investors considering bidding for the franchise, which will extend the league membership to 20.
Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyanâ€™s purchase of Manchester City may have begun as a whim, but its potential as a marketing and diplomatic tool quickly became clear to the emirateâ€™s ruling family.
The success of the project is understood to have led to discussion of building City 'franchisesâ€™ in other leagues, with the US among the most lucrative and high-profile developing markets in world football.