Manchester City earned north of £16 million from their pre-season tour in Japan and South Korea, as per various reports.
Pep Guardiola’s side began preparations for the new season off the back of a treble winning campaign by making the journey over to Asia.
A 5-3 win over Yokohama Marinos in Tokyo kicked off their pre-season before the Blues earned a narrow 2-1 triumph over Bayern Munich, who could very well sign Kyle Walker from the European champions before the transfer window shuts.
A disappointing loss to Atletico Madrid in Seoul, South Korea wrapped up the tour as Manchester City prepare to face Arsenal in the FA Community Shield at Wembley this weekend.
The club would be far from disappointed from their travels in Asia as the pre-season tour generated revenue worth more than £16 million for the reigning Premier League champions, as per Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.
Eyebrows were raised when over 23,000 fans turned up to watch City’s open training session in Seoul prior to their defeat to Atletico Madrid – significant numbers for the club that reflect their growing brand at a global level.
Moreover, it has been reported that tickets for City’s meeting with Atletico Madrid sold out within 30 minutes of going on sale as fans back in England struggled to get tickets for the friendly.
City would be hoping to avoid a third consecutive Community Shield loss on Sunday, when they face off against title rivals Arsenal and Mikel Arteta – who have been boosted by the notable additions of Kai Havertz, Declan Rice and Jurrien Timber ahead of the new season.
The Blues are expected to finally conclude the signing of RB Leipzig defender Josko Gvardiol this week though they remain unsure on what the remainder of the transfer window holds for Bernardo Silva and Kyle Walker, who are both understood to be keen on an exit.
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