Man City investigating scouting security breach

Manchester City are looking into the possibility that their online scouting system has been breached by a hacker, perhaps on behalf of a Premier League rival, according to the Daily Mail.

City are one of a number of clubs to use the Scout 7 network, a service that has been operational for more than a decade and is not understood to be responsible for any fault. City have not completed their investigation nor raised an official complaint with the Premier League, but the Mail speculates the concern will force clubs to tighten their security measures.

The former Premier League champions are worried that their confidential files – relating to possible transfer targets this summer – were accessed by someone outside the club, potentially a Premier League rival.

City have been active in the transfer market already this summer, signing Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazil midfielder Fernandinho and Sevilla winger Jesus Navas, as well as appointing Malaga Coach Manuel Pellegrini to succeed Roberto Mancini. Pellegrini could also be joined by Malaga midfielder Isco, the Mail adds.

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