Tottenham HotspurThe club’s owners are ‘very clear’ on the club’s takeover stance despite interest from Iranian-American businessman Jahm Najafi, a CBS reporter Ben Jacobs said GIVEMESPORT.
There has been a lot of speculation over the club’s future, with Jacobs unsure if he would be ready to sell Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur take control of the news – Jahm Najafi
According The Financial Timesa Najafi-led consortium are “weeks away” from launching a takeover bid to acquire Tottenham.
It is claimed in the report that the offer would fall in the region of £3.11 billion, however, the official line out of Tottenham was one of defiance.
Against the backdrop of years of Spurs supporters’ dissatisfaction with their current goalkeepers Joe Lewis and Daniel Levy, despite the recent construction of a £850 million stadium and regular qualification for the Champions League.
Some Tottenham fans, unhappy with the investment on the pitch, have been calling for Lewis and Levy to step down for several years and will no doubt welcome news of a possible takeover.
Najafi – the public figure behind the takeover – runs an investment group by the name of MSP Sports Capital, which already has a large portfolio of sports club properties.
Having already dabbled in the world of European football, there are suggestions Najafi and Co. are targeting Tottenham as the crown jewel in what could be a successful multi-club ownership model.
What did Ben Jacobs say about the potential Spurs takeover?
Speaking in an interview with GMS, CBS reporter Ben Jacobs detailed the current status of Najafi’s offer.
Of the potential takeover, Jacobs said: “Tottenham are very clear in their position that nothing has happened yet.
“Nothing has been done on the Tottenham side to facilitate any type of sale.
“And then, of course, away from that particular group, who have watched Everton in the past and have stakes in Augsburg (Germany), Estoril (Portugal) and Alcorcon (Spain).
“So they already have a bit of a base around football to build a multi-club model.”
Are multi-club ownership models successful?
According Athleticismmore than 32% of teams in the big five European leagues (England, Spain, Italy, Germany and France) are linked in one way or another to a multi-club ownership model.
A recent phenomenon in modern football, this format is also spreading to the EFL, with cities like Cardiff City, Sunderland and Watford all having links with different clubs.
Perhaps the most successful and notorious example is of course the City Football Group, which with the reign premier league champions Manchester City, have a total of 11 clubs under their control.
This allowed City to develop talent from around the world, before either selling those players for a profit, according to the report, or giving them a move to the first team.
Multi-club ownership models have not been without criticism at times, but it’s clear many clubs see them as the way forward, with Spurs possibly the next to hit the web.