Football : a proposed takeover of lOM is to be filed by Mourad Boudjellal - The Point

It is active behind the scenes for the Olympic of Marseille. Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed to the Agence France-Presse its intent to file a proposed takeover

Football : a proposed takeover of lOM is to be filed by Mourad Boudjellal - The Point

It is active behind the scenes for the Olympic of Marseille. Mourad Boudjellal has confirmed to the Agence France-Presse its intent to file a proposed takeover of the club from its current owner, the American Frank McCourt. The former president of the club of rugby of Toulon, france, was the bearer of a case with " funds from the Middle East, state and private, and which come from oil, water, energy ", he explained to RMC.

The project is supported by "a businessman franco-tunisian" that could be Mohamed Ayachi Ajroudi, according to several sources. "A private merchant banking has been mandated to present the offer for redemption to McCourt," added Boudjellal. In the early afternoon, the OM had not yet responded to the demands of the Agence France-Presse as the clan McCourt, submitted to the time difference between France and the United States.

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200 million € for the mercato ?

According to several sources, the project would be based on the saudi fund, which might be interested by buying the rival of the Paris SG, which is owned by fund-qatari, a country in conflictual relations with saudi Arabia. According to these same sources, the figures are staggering. The operation would be over 700 million euros, broken down as follows : eur 300 million for the repurchase of 200 million euros to " fill the holes ", according to a source, and a further 200 million euros for the mercato.

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Engaged in in addition to take the presidency of the Sporting Toulon, the football team of his native city, relegated in National 2 (4th division), Boudjellal explained that it had added a clause in this negotiation, because it is engaged in the possible acquisition of the OM. "I was forced to take down my cards ", he explained. His name had also circulated to redeem the Athlético Marseille, the second club in the mediterranean city, finally relegated to Regional 2 (7th division).

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At the head of the RCT, Boudjellal has won three European Cups in rugby in a row, and a Top 14, before giving up the club early this year to businessman Bernard Lemaître, who accuses him of having left some debts. In Marseille, a previous bid by a saudi arabian businessman had fizzled out, always denied by the OM and McCourt.

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Updated Date: 27 June 2020, 05:33

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