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Man City takeover close - Hughes

Man City's Pairoj Piempongsant and Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim of ADUG
Manchester City is the latest club to be taken over by foreign investors

Manchester City manager Mark Hughes has revealed the club expect Abu Dhabi United to complete their takeover at Eastlands before the end of the week.

The group, backed by Sheikh Mansour, are in the process of finalising the buy-out from Thaksin Shinawatra.

ADUG's offer was accepted at the start of the month and Hughes says the due diligence process will soon be over.

"I think the takeover will be completed in a matter of days, possibly even by the end of the week," he said.

City have already splashed out a British record fee of 32.5m to secure the services of Robinho, while Hughes can expect a flood of new money to spend in the January transfer window.

ADUG is estimated to be worth around 10 more than Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, who has ploughed over half a billion pounds into the Stamford Bridge side.

And Dr Sulaiman Al-Fahim, the frontman of the group, has vowed to spend "whatever it takes" to make City one of the biggest and best clubs in the world.

City, who face Omonia Nicosia in the Uefa Cup on Thursday, have lost two and won two of their four league games so far this campaign.

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