Goa ISL franchise eyeing tie-up with Manchester City
The Goa franchise of the Indian Super League are looking to tie up with an European club and Manchester City looks to be their first preference according to a Times of India report.
They are looking to follow the example of the Kolkata franchise, who have Atletico Madrid as one of the co-owners and have been named as Atletico de Kolkata.
The report says that the Goa franchise have already opened talks with newly-crowned EPL champions Manchester City. Franchise co-owners Shrinivas Dempo, Dattaraj Salgaocar and a representative of the Videocon group recently travelled to Manchester to witness City’s 4-0 thumping win over Aston Villa.
“It’s important to have foreign tie-ups for the franchisees but it’s not that easy. There are several ends that need to be tied before we can take anyone on board. We are sure that most of the franchisees will have international collaborations. Let's wait and watch how things unfold on the foreign front,” one franchise official was quoted saying.
Besides Man City, the Goa franchise is also looking to have discussions with Portuguese champions Benfica and Scottish champions Celtic.