Manchester City has moved to deny reports that it is interested in acquiring A-League expansion franchise Western Sydney Wanderers.
The Wanderers had an impressive A-League debut season last year when the club managed to finish top of the league, only to then lose 2-0 to Central Coast Mariners in the 2012-13 campaign’s Grand Final. Football Federation Australia (FFA) currently owns the club and recently asked for expressions of interest in the team, putting a price tag of A$15 million (US$13.4 million) on any potential sale.
The Sydney Morning Herald newspaper reports that City, along with an English Premier League rival and a German 1.Bundesliga club, have expressed their interest. However, a City spokesperson told ESPN: “Contrary to media reports in Australia, Manchester City Football Club has expressed no interest whatsoever in the purchase of any stake in the Western Sydney Wanderers. Also contrary to reports, the club has not requested, nor has it received, any 50-page information document about the sale. The matter is not under consideration.”
City hit the headlines in May when Major League Soccer (MLS) confirmed speculation that it would acquire its new New York expansion franchise, with Major League Baseball (MLB) giant New York Yankees also forming part of the ownership group. The League’s 20th club will be named New York City FC and expects to begin play in 2015. FFA is understood to have not set a deadline for the possible sale of Wanderers, but hopes to find a new owner before the end of the year and will sell the club to the first private owner that meets their demands and shares its strategic goals.