Manchester United have reportedly entered talks to buy out the A-League licence of Central Coast Mariners with the view of relocating the team to Sydney, but face competition from an American consortium hoping to relocate the team to the Gold Coast.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the club, which recently slipped to fourth on Forbes’ rich list and have an estimated value of $5.5bn, have held lengthy talks with Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth in the UK about buying the licence and turning it into a Manchester United sister club.
But the publication reports that Americans Jordan Gardner and Brett Johnson have signed a letter of intent with Charlesworth and want to move the team north.
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