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Club in talks over French link-up

Manchester City are considering a formal link with the French club AC Arles-Avignon, according to the Ligue 2 club's president. Jean-Marc Conrad claims he has met representatives from the Premier League club several times, with a view to agreeing a partnership, and that more talks are set for Thursday.

However, Conrad said the clubs were far from agreeing a deal. "At present we have met several times but nothing has yet been settled," Conrad told Le Dauphiné Libéré. "We have agreed that Manchester City representatives will come visit our facilities, this will happen on Thursday. But it is still too early to talk about a partnership."

Arles-Avignon were promoted from the third division last season and are currently eighth in Ligue 2. If a deal were to be agreed it could see City farm out their young players to the French club, while friendlies between the two clubs would also be organised.