Southampton Could Be Latest English Club Bought By Chinese Investors As They Consider £200m Takeover
Southampton are set to become the next English club to undergo a takeover by Chinese investors. The Saints are presently considering a £200 offer from a Chinese company.
Foottheball sources claim that Sunderland has been under the radar of the Lander Sports Development CO for months. And recent reports claim that Sunderland’s Swiss owner Katharina Liebherr have recently held talks with the Chinese company.
The Chinese company Lander Sports Development CO dealt in property until last year but now they have also shifted their interest in sports. Earlier in May, the company had taken an initiative to promote sports in China, who have won the bid to organise the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
However, the company had incurred a loss of $44.8m (£36.5m) at the year end on September 30.
If Lander Sports signs the anticipated deal then Southampton would become the fifth English club to be bought by Chinese investors after the successful takeovers of Aston Villa, Wolves, Birmingham and West Bromwich.
On the contrary, Saints boss Claude Puel, whose men are all set to lock horns with Inter Mialn at home on Tursday, insisted that he has no idea about the anticiapated takeover.
All is not well at the Serie A side Inter Milan. They have failed to shake off their lack lustre performances for the last few seasons. TheSerie A side have made a disastrous start to their league campaign this season and are 13 points behind the league leaders Juventus – which has left them with no other option but to look for their ninth manager in six years after the sacking of Frank de Boer.
Youth team coach Stefano Vecchi will be in charge of Inter for their Europa League clash with Southampton and Pule added: “We don’t know what to expect from Inter now. We now have to show more concentration.”
Injury-struck Southampton will be without the services of injured striker Shane Long and full back Cedric Soares. They will also miss Jeremy Pied, Matt Targett, Alex McCarthy, Jake Hesketh, and Harrison Reed.
Southampton sits at the second place in the group with four points from three matches.