After a number of reports that Club Atlético Torque, a little-known Uruguayan second division club, was to become the newest addition to the City Football Group, Bloomberg is today reporting confirmation from an official of the club that an agreement has been reached.
According to the club source, named as club secretary Pablo Nikitov, Manchester City have signed a 10-year accord with the small Montevideo-based club, who average just 250 people to games – about 200 times fewer than the regular attendance at the Etihad Stadium!
City declined to comment on the news, while Nikitov would not reveal financial details of the agreement, but Torque will become the newest member of the growing City Football Group, a network spanning across the globe and aiding City’s effort to enlarge its global footprint.
This agreement will allow City to further dig into the South American market, potentially saving the club a fortune in transfer fees. There will now be a hub in which young talents from South America can be signed and dispatched to, helping City bypass restrictions on signing non-European players, particularly youngsters. From there, City can then monitor their progress and import them to Europe if they make the grade.
And a tidbit that will please fans – Torque already play in nice shade of blue!