Grupo Mexico SAB de CV (BMV:GMEXICO B) is close to clinching a nearly USD-7-billion (EUR 6.42 billion) deal to acquire the bulk of the Mexican consumer banking business of US banking giant Citigroup Inc. (NYSE:C), Bloomberg reported. As part of the possible deal, Citi will keep a portion of the Banamex retail operations with an option to later on sell them to Grupo Mexico or list the business, according to insiders cited by the news agency. Grupo Mexico claims to be the fourth largest company in Mexico.

The group operates through four major divisions -- mining, transportation, infrastructure, and a foundation. Citigroup in January 2022 unveiled plans to sell the consumer, small business and middle market banking operations of Mexican bank Citibanamex as part of its push to focus on core businesses, simplify its operations and boost shareholder value. At the time, the US firm highlighted that it will continue to operate a locally-licensed banking business in Mexico through its global institutional clients group.