Ferran Soriano, the chief executive of defending Premier League champions, ​Manchester City has hinted that the club's owners are considering buying a club in India, claiming that the City Football Group (CFG), "will end up investing in India", by the end of the year.

CFG who own clubs like City, New York City and Melbourne City as well as having shares in four other sides across the footballing sphere, recently invested in Chinese Super League (CSL) side Sichuan Jiuniu and have now set their sights on the sub-continent.

"We have some interest in some markets and countries where there is a genuine football passion and opportunities, like China, but also India. So there might be other opportunities in Asia," Soriano said as quoted by ​Sky Sports.

"With all these developments, we have to be patient. We've been looking at India for nearly two years now. I'd say this year we'll end up doing an investment in India."

India has long been seen as a growing market for the sport, with La Liga side Atletico Madrid formerly investing in ISL team ATK and currently involved in a partnership with Jamshedpur FC.  In addition to that, footballing giants like Barcelona and Real Madrid run footballing academies in the country, with the aim of attracting audiences and help nurture talent.

With CFG looking to invest in the country, it will be interesting to see which club they eventually decide to buy and how it will impact the future of the sport in the country in the long run.