Manchester City are set to kick-off life after their victory over UEFA with the acquisition of French club Troyes.
City are in advanced talks over adding the side who finished fourth in last season’s Ligue 2.
The move, expected to be confirmed over the coming weeks, comes after their victory over European football’s governing body at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) last week.
Talks have been ongoing for some time. It is understood that City, who own a number of clubs across the world, first approached French side Nancy.
But Troyes are viewed by some as a more attractive, value-for-money option.
The addition to the portfolio is part of wide-ranging plans to allow City’s youth players the opportunity to develop by playing men’s football.
France is viewed as an attractive proposition due to the physical nature of its competitions compared to elsewhere in Europe, which coaches believe mirrors the physical element of the Premier League.