Manchester City have made an audacious £50m bid for Manchester United’s Champions League group, claiming those fixtures are all it requires to reach the knockout stages of this years competition.
The move comes after City were drawn with Bayern Munich, Villareal and Napoli, a difficult situation which the club are keen to throw some money at.
Man City owner Sheikh Mansour said, “We see United’s fixtures against Basel and Otelul Galati to be just what this club needs to take it to the next level, and we’re willing to back the manager to make that a reality.”
“We will not be held to ransom, but if our manager wants it, we will open our chequebook and start writing a number with lots of zeros.”
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Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini spoke of his excitement at possibly securing Manchester United’s group.
Mancini told reporters, “Obviously Manchester United has a highly desirable fixture list, and maybe it is not right for me to talk about another’s fixtures, but we would like these games at the City of Manchester stadium, for sure.”
However Manchester United are set to reject any approach.
A United spokesperson told us, “We’ve worked hard on UEFA for twenty years now to ensure we get an easy group year on year, and we have no intention of selling that – no matter what price they offer.”