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Manchester City to announce €64m sponsorship bonus

MANCHESTER CITY SET FOR SPONSORSHIP WINDFALL
By Paul Clennam

Manchester City are poised to announce a raft of multi-million pound sponsorship deals in the next few weeks which could be worth as much as €64 million a year.

The Premier League champions are putting the final touches to their €255m City Football Academy training facility, with Manuel Pellegrini's squad set to move in next month.

The club's owners have been in high-level talks with a number of major global companies about attaching their name to sections of the 80-acre state-of-the-art site.

The 7,000-seater Arena name, along with the central performance centre and footbridge, which links it to the Etihad Stadium, are all in the cash pot.

City currently earn around €51m a year through their Etihad sponsorship of the shirts and stadium and hope to at least match that figure with a string of new sponsorship deals.

Japanese car makers Nissan recently formed a lucrative partnership with City and are thought to be one of the companies in the bidding.

City's Abu Dhabi owners were hit with a record €64m fine for breaching Uefa's Financial Fair Play rules this summer, though the club believe they can one day overtake neighbours United when it comes to bringing in commercial revenue.


CARRICK TO EXTEND MANCHESTER UNITED STAY
By Paul Clennam

Michael Carrick is poised to agree a 12-month contract extension to stay with Manchester United.

The midfielder, yet to feature this season due to injury, is out of contract next summer but has a renewal clause option in the most recent deal he signed back in November 2013.

United boss Louis van Gaal is believed to be a big fan of the 33-year-old and will outline his plans for the player in the next few weeks.

Carrick is happy at Old Trafford and both sides expect the option to be activated early in the New Year.


NEWCASTLE BEGIN DRAWING UP MANAGER SHORTLIST
By Graeme Bailey

Despite Newcastle owner Mike Ashley opting not to sack Alan Pardew, it is understood that a list of potential replacements is being worked on.

One shock name being considered is Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe, whose reputation has soared after turning the south coast minnows into Championship challengers.

Howe, one of English football’s most highly regarded young managers, had an underwhelming spell at Burnley before returning to Goldsands Stadium in 2012 and overseeing promotion to the second tier.

Former Manchester United boss David Moyes is also in the frame, although it remains doubtful that the club would look to Hull City's Geordie boss Steve Bruce - who was strongly linked with the club last week.