How Man City takeover has changed the club's fanbase and Manchester

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How Man City takeover has changed the club's fanbase and Manchester

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sbothai A look at what has changed with Manchester City fans since Sheikh Mansour's takeover of the club. The transformation of Manchester City Football Club has been fondly remembered over the past week to mark ten years of Abu Dhabi ownership. Sheikh Mansour's investment in the club has seen the Blues climb to the top of English football, with Pep Guardiola's side smashing all manner of records last season as they claimed an historic Premier League title.

Vincent Kompany, signed just before the takeover, has been among those to fondly look back on how the club has changed - but what of its supporters and the city of Manchester? sbothai .According to Kevin Parker, general secretary of the official supporters' club, City have gone global. "We probably had 80 branches and half a dozen internationally ten years ago," he explained. "Now we have over 250 worldwide and almost 50 per cent are now international: in America, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, China; there are two in Costa Rica.

"The difference is when we used to open branches they were ex-pats who'd travelled the world and settled down and still loved City to let everyone else know in that part of the world. "Generally that's not the case now, they're all locals. This sbothai is the wonder of the internet and media that people pick up on little bits and pieces and getting hooked. "I went to New York for the City game [against Liverpool in July]. We'd flown 11 hours and there were people who had driven for 8,9,10,11, 12 hours to get to the game from all parts of the US and Canada. "They were as dyed-in-the-wool Blue as I was and there's an element of me that's not comfortable saying that."
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European Paper Talk: Lucas Hernandez rejected Man Utd move

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sbo The transfer window may be closed but that doesn't stop clubs across Europe from planning future transfers and making enquiries ahead of the January window. So we asked our friends at Football Whispers to scan the media on the continent and bring you all the latest news and transfer gossip.

Spain
sbo Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez is a Manchester United transfer target and they may launch another move in January. France international Hernandez, 22, has established himself as a regular for club and country and signed a new contract with Atletico in the summer until 2024. United and Manchester City both tried to tempt the player during the first week of August, with United offering €80m (£71.17m) and planning to double his salary. He has no plans to leave but interest is still there. (Marca)

Italy
AC Milan are considering an approach for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, with the Wales international out of contract at the end of the season. Milan sporting directors Leonardo and Paolo Maldini hopes their strong relationship with Ivan Gazidis, who is also wanted by Milan as new CEO, can help negotiations for the 27-year-old. (Tuttosport)

Germany
Bayern Munich fear they won't be able to keep hold of James Rodriguez beyond this season with the Colombian concerned over a lack of playing time at the Allianz Arena. Bayern have the playmaker on a two-year loan from Real Madrid and, under the terms of the agreement, funds have been made available to sign him permanently next summer. But if the 27-year-old doesn't want to stay, Bayern can activate the clause and then sell him back to Madrid at a profit. (Kicker)

France
Paris Saint-Germain right-back Colin Dagba has emerged as a target for Bundesliga club RB Leipzig. The 20-year-old made his Ligue 1 debut this season but is out of contract in 2020 and Leipzig hope they can convince PSG to sell and tempt him to Germany. sbo However, PSG coach Thomas Tuchel is a big admirer of the young defender and talks are also underway to extend his deal at the French champions. (L'Equipe)
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