revealed Bloomberg agencyOn Monday, a Qatari fund may target the purchase of Manchester United, Liverpool or Tottenham, all clubs competing in the English Premier League.
The agency said that Nasser Al-Khulaifi, chairman of Qatar Sports Investments, recently held talks with Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy about buying a stake in the London club, according to a person familiar with the meeting.
The person, who asked not to be named because the discussions are confidential, added that the fund is considering a full takeover or a stake in competing clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool.
But it said that a spokesman for the fund refused to comment, while a spokesman for Tottenham denied that a meeting had taken place regarding the sale of stakes in the club, and a spokesman for United declined to comment, while a spokesman for Liverpool did not respond to a request for comment.
The source said that the fund’s deliberations are still ongoing and may not result in an agreement, indicating that the fund’s eyes turned to investing in the English Premier League after Qatar hosted the World Cup, thanks to the growth achieved by the European competition and its global importance.
“Any potential deal, whether it is a full acquisition or stake purchase, would enhance Qatar’s strategy to invest in sports assets, to enhance the country’s position and invest its vast wealth,” according to Bloomberg.
The Qatari fund had acquired the French club Paris Saint-Germain in 2011.
The Abu Dhabi-based City Football Group owns Manchester City, and Newcastle United owns a consortium backed by the Saudi Wealth Fund.