Ligue 1 club Toulouse FC could be the latest club to link up with Manchester City and the City Football Group, according to rumours coming from France.
On Monday at a press conference, the club’s president Olivier Sadran said negotiations were underway with an industrial partner (likely Etihad) and ‘big European club’.
“We are working on a capital increase plan to give more resources to the club,” said Sadran. “With an industrial partner that brings added value… through a partnership with a big European club!
“This partnership will allow us to have more skills, be more consistent, and be more efficient in the game.”
Although Sadran did not specifically name a club, leading Toulouse resource LesViolets.Com has reported that Manchester City are likely to be the club concerned.
Details are vague, but the language used would indicate the club will partner with the City Football Group.
If true and negotiations reach a successful conclusion, Toulouse will benefit from the expertise of the Premier League champions, including the expanding City Football Group network, and will receive players on loan.
The club in question, whether it is Manchester City or another, will be revealed by the end of September when the partnership is formalised.
Adding fuel to the speculation is the unveiling of Toulouse’s new club crest, which bears a striking resemblance to Manchester City’s and other clubs in the CFG such as New York City FC and Melbourne City.
The French club narrowly avoided relegation from Ligue 1 last season, finishing 18th and going into a relegation play-off against Ajaccio, which they won 4-0 on aggregate.