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TheBrownDog
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Worried now. Law is usually an accurate reporter.

Literal best case scenario is naming rights. Become minority/majority owners and weekly interest in the club becomes hard to justify.

Qatar has signalled potential interest in taking a stake in Tottenham Hotspur after the nation's most influential sporting chief met with Daniel Levy. Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, held talks with the executive chairman last week as the nation weighs up ambitious post-World Cup investment.
Sources close to Levy maintain the pair met only as friends and there were no discussions "regarding equity of the club". However, other insiders suggested the subject may now be raised as Qatar Sports Investments considers the possibility of a new minority stake at a Premier League club.
An offer worth under £1 billion for a 25 per cent stake in Tottenham was mooted by industry specialists as an option, with Al-Khelaifi and Levy said to be on good terms. Representatives for Manchester United are also understood to have tested interest at high levels in Qatar in recent months, but the suggestion at this stage is that Spurs would be a more likely prospect.
One source with knowledge of the situation said it was too early to say whether Qatar would now ask for formal talks with Tottenham. However, the insider added that European sport can expect "strategic acquisitions that are going to be quite bold" from QSI in the coming months.

"Over Christmas and New Year, there's a push from senior levels to really go for it at QSI," the insider added. "The suggestion that Qatar is going to pack up and leave after the World Cup has always frustrated BeIN (the Qatari-owned broadcaster), QSI and PSG."
Last October, QSI bought a 22 per cent stake of Portugal’s SC Braga for around £90million. But Doha-based sporting investment arm has since set loftier ambitions to rival that of the multi-club UAE ownership at Manchester City. Prior to the World Cup, there had been minimal interest in Premier League investment but it now seems the mood has changed.
Qatar in talks with Daniel Levy as they plot post-World Cup investment

Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who is also president of Paris Saint-Germain, is ready to expand Qatar's portfolio CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Interest would be limited to a minority investment because Uefa remains opposed to the prospect of teams under the same ownership facing each other in European competition. "It might not be Tottenham but it might be," said the insider over potential interest in Spurs. Al-Khelaifi was said to be acting solely in his role at QSI rather than as head of the European Club Association during the meeting with Levy, who is also a member of the ECA board.
Al-Khelaifi is also known to be in talks with American investors over fresh investment in PSG and BeIN ahead of the World Cup in America in 2026. More than 300 clubs around the world are part of multi-club ownership groups but QSI's only interests are in PSG and Braga. QSI are looking at football investment opportunities around the world.
Despite denials from Tottenham that any investment talk has taken place with Levy, the prospect of significant new funds may appeal to Joe Lewis, the multi-billionaire owner. Antonio Conte has consistently pushed for more significant backing to compete at the top of the table. To help cope with his demands, Lewis injected an extra £150million into the club in May after Enic, the Bahamas-based subsidiary, increased its majority control of the club by about two percentage points.

Analysis: Tottenham is a risk worth taking for Qatar

By Tom Morgan
It is the unique position in which Nasser Al-Khelaifi finds himself in the wake of the Qatar World Cup that makes an investment offer at Tottenham a possibility. Internal meetings since the final in Doha have hardened the nation's determination to seek out fresh, ambitious football investment within Europe.
Manchester United and Liverpool - both openly seeking new partners - might seem a more obvious fit, but a total buyout is said to be of less interest to Qatar while they protect their outright ownership at PSG. There is, however, keen interest in following the Manchester City multi-club investment model, with a host of minority stakes across Europe and beyond.
The Premier League is just one option for Qatar's next move but a stake at Spurs would be as good a fit as any, sources said. Despite denials from the Daniel Levy camp that any investment talks have taken place, Tottenham will have a price in mind should Al-Khelaifi come calling again. As a guide price, Levy was said to have placed a £3.5 billion total price tag on the club when he was last approached by an interested bidder in September 2021.
That fee was branded laughable by some industry experts at the time but, given Chelsea sold for that exact same price by the following spring, Levy will feel his number was in the right ballpark. Clearly the club lacks the trophy-winning pedigree of Chelsea, Liverpool or United, but in terms of overall assets, Tottenham are not far behind.
Antonio Conte remains one of the world's most sought-after managers; Harry Kane and Son Heung-min would be prized by any club; and there is a world-class stadium that may yet start to earn the club serious money. A naming rights deal is still yet to materialise but talks with Google in the autumn sparked renewed hope that a solution was in sight.
Tottenham and their seemingly endless failure to land silverware is a gamble, but Qatar has big enough pockets to take the risk.
 

jd2010

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A seat at the table, I'd guess a form of dividend payment, the possibility of increasing your share if everything goes well.
Can't buy more whilst owning PSG if rules remain the same.

Seat at the table, sure. But enic still run the club and it won't make a huge on field difference. I doubt even with 650m of external investment that enic will spend it heavily on players
 

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jd2010

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Do they think they've botched PSG's champions league chances and see a new project in the EPL as their best chance to get taken seriously?
 

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So having a foot in the door.. Or a seat at the table.. While you sell psg then allows you to complete a full takeover later.
I hadn't heard anything around them wanting to sell psg.

And tbh if they wanted to buy 100% for 3b from having 0% or 25% it wouldn't make a major difference with the amount of money they've got. Unless they somehow managed to turn us into a force with a minority stake meaning they got the first 25% for a bargain it really doesn't matter all that much.

Wrong club if they want to win trophies
Would be an interesting billionaire conversation between the qataris and Lewis.

Qataris - "So the aim of the game is to win as many games of football as possible, spending whatever we need. Starting with the defence!"
Lewis - "Yeah, nah I've got another painting for my yacht to spend 60m on. Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier will do"
 

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I hadn't heard anything around them wanting to sell psg.

And tbh if they wanted to buy 100% for 3b from having 0% or 25% it wouldn't make a major difference with the amount of money they've got. Unless they somehow managed to turn us into a force with a minority stake meaning they got the first 25% for a bargain it really doesn't matter all that much.


Would be an interesting billionaire conversation between the qataris and Lewis.

Qataris - "So the aim of the game is to win as many games of football as possible, spending whatever we need. Starting with the defence!"
Lewis - "Yeah, nah I've got another painting for my yacht to spend 60m on. Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier will do"

Point being if someone else came in to buy you who would be less willing to sell to Qatar, they get their foot in the door now while they sort out the PSG sale.

I dunno, you asked why they'd want a minority stake, I explained it.
 

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Point being if someone else came in to buy you who would be less willing to sell to Qatar, they get their foot in the door now while they sort out the PSG sale.

I dunno, you asked why they'd want a minority stake, I explained it.

Makes sense if their agreement to buy a minority stake includes a deal to buy a majority share at a later date.


If it doesn't makes little sense for Qatar to get involved. They want to run the show and exert financial dominance over their rivals. Something they cannot do with "just a seat at the table".
 

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I hadn't heard anything around them wanting to sell psg.

And tbh if they wanted to buy 100% for 3b from having 0% or 25% it wouldn't make a major difference with the amount of money they've got. Unless they somehow managed to turn us into a force with a minority stake meaning they got the first 25% for a bargain it really doesn't matter all that much.


Would be an interesting billionaire conversation between the qataris and Lewis.

Qataris - "So the aim of the game is to win as many games of football as possible, spending whatever we need. Starting with the defence!"
Lewis - "Yeah, nah I've got another painting for my yacht to spend 60m on. Davinson Sanchez and Eric Dier will do"

Daniel has said that himself and Khelafi were just catching up as friends.
 

jd2010

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Point being if someone else came in to buy you who would be less willing to sell to Qatar, they get their foot in the door now while they sort out the PSG sale.

I dunno, you asked why they'd want a minority stake, I explained it.
Foot in the door makes sense if a psg sale is on the horizon. I'd never heard anything about that part which made the minority purchase seem completely pointless
 

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Foot in the door makes sense if a psg sale is on the horizon. I'd never heard anything about that part which made the minority purchase seem completely pointless

Why are we just repeating that you didn't know something that I then explained to you that you didn't know that I explained to you haha.
 

jd2010

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Why are we just repeating that you didn't know something that I then explained to you that you didn't know that I explained to you haha.
Bojan mentioned them wanting to sell after you said get the foot in the door. Until then it all made no sense. Now it does. And fingers crossed the deals gets done
 

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Surprised Everton isnt attracting sportswashing interest. New stadium on the way, club available for a knock down price etc etc.
 

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