– Sheikh Mansour bought Man City in 2008 for £210million in a much publicised deal
– Latest reports have it that the City owner secretly purchased the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy
– Manchester City will hand the trophy to the National Football Museum on loan
After winning it six times, Manchester City have become a permanent owner of an FA Cup trophy as the club owner Sheikh Mansour splashed an outrageous £760,000 (about N400million) to buy the oldest trophy.
Latest reports have it that the City owner secretly purchased the oldest surviving FA Cup trophy from David Gold, the co-owner of West Ham.
It was gathered that Gold opted to sell the silverware last year amid concerns that the trophy which was in use between 1896 and 1910 – could disappear from the UK.
As it is considered as an international and historical jewel, Mansour stepped in to purchase the prize and reports say the club will hand it to the trophy to the National Football Museum indefinitely on loan.
City chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak said:
“This cup is a visible reminder of the rich and long history of English football to which Manchester City is inextricably entwined.
“Sheik Mansour’s view is that a trophy of such cultural significance must be shared with the people of Manchester and the English football family. The National Football Museum is in a unique position to do that.”
Meanwhile, Manchester City defeated neighbours and fierce rivals Manchester United 2-0 to reach the final of this season’s Carabao Cup courtesy goals from John Stones and Fernandinho.
City will now go head-to-head with Tottehan in a final which will see eternal rival managers Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho face-off yet again.
Although the Paul Pogba felt disappointed with their exit at the semifinal stage of the competition, he insisted that the disappointment will help them focus on bigger titles.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Premier League giants Manchester United have officially confirmed Amad Diallo’s arrival from Italian club Atalanta.
The Ivorian winger has signed a long-term contract to the end of June 2025, with the option of an extra year according to the the club.
United completed the signing of the 18-year-old on transfer deadline day in October after he proved to be one of the hottest prospects in the game.
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