After a dark period in which Palermo found themselves relegated all the way to Serie D, things appear to be picking up for the Sicilian club.
Not only will they be featuring in Serie B after successfully winning the Serie C promotion play-offs, but they just may be receiving a huge financial boost.
According to reports, Shiekh Mansour, best known to football fans as the owner of Manchester City via his holding company City Football Group, has made a serious bid to acquire 80 per cent of the club's shares. This will cost the tycoon anywhere from $12.4 million to $13.5 million (€12 million to €13 million).
On the surface, especially given Palermo's struggles, it may seem like an odd buy for City Football Group. However, the club own a slew of teams across the world, and often use some of the smaller sides, especially those in Europe, as a loan destination for City players to gain further experience without having to see them feature for a rival side.
Additionally, Palermo does have a sold track record in growing talent, with players such as Paulo Dybala and Edinson Cavani among those having donned the rosanero kit.
Should all go according to plan, Palermo will become the 11th team under CFC's umbrella. So far, the clubs that are in this group include:
- Manchester City
In North America:
- New York City
In Asia and Oceania:
- Yokahama F. Marinos
- Melbourne City
- Mumbai City
- Sichuan Jiuniu
In South America:
- Montevideo City Torque